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Field Notes 2004

This year there are two scientific teams. Team #1 is from the University of Washington, including Mike Steele, Roger Andersen, Andy Heiberg, and Wendy Ermold. Their pilot is John Innis.

Team #2 is from the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Their pilot is Paul Rask.

The destination is Alert, a military base on Ellesmere Island, Canada...

The route traveled between Seattle, WA and Alert.

The teams cought up with most of their gear in Resolute.

The teams, along with their gear were loaded into a Hawker in Resolute...

Group photo of the teams headed to lLert. Left to right: Roger, Bill, Wendy, Mike, Bob and Richard (Dale took the picture).

The Hawker with all the gear to go to Alert.

The scientific teams arrive in Alert, and are well-received by the Canadian military occupants...

Inspecting the Niskin bottles before the first flight.

Testing the Jiffy drill.

This is a Seabird CTD with an oxygen sensor. Roger hand-carried the oxygen sensor, and reinstalled it in Alert.

Mike with the eXpendable Current Profiler (XCP).

The first flight into the field. Step 1: Load the helicopter. Finding room for everything is a puzzle.

Step 2: Controlling preflight excitement is difficult. (especially for Mike)

Roger, loading an ice chisel into the helicopter.

Step 3: Find water.We were unable to find open leads this year. Instead, we looked for leads which had frozen over with ice thin enough to chip...

Mike chipping a hole.

John skims slush off the hole to...

Step 4: CTD cast. The CDT is attached to the winch cable and...

The hole where the CTD enters the water.

Step 5: XCP cast. About 30 seconds after the XCP is tossed into the...

Step 6: Water sample. A Niskin bottle is used to collect a water sample...

The bottle is retrieved, and the water..

Measurements were taken at 12 locations over 4 days.

Roger's GPS tracked the path of the helicopter flights.

Fog rolled in on the second day in the field while Roger, John, and I worked. Keeping an eye on the ground...

Time to pack it in. All our gear on...

The last dinner in Alert.

Lobsters. Yum.

The UW team before flying out.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0230427.
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