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Tuesday, March 29th 2011, 10:38 AM EDT
The storm that ‘drifted’ over us on Sunday didn’t really show its full strength until later on in the week. Winds increased to about 20 knots, gusting 30 knots at times, with snow being blown across the ground it reminded me of being a kid walking across a beach on a stormy autumn day with sand blowing all around me. It doesn’t take long for the winds to transform the snow, and drifts quickly formed around all our tents. The visibility dropped to just 100 m or so and there was absolutely no contrast. This can prove very dangerous when walking around, not only because its cold and windy, but also you can’t see where the snow drifts are and they are very easy to fall into, or fall off. Just walking between tents would take twice as long as normal. The south-easterly winds bought with them warm conditions, so while we could see nothing we also spent the last few days in a much warmer environment. That probably sounds a bit silly, but when the temperature increases from -35 ºC to -15 ºC pretty much overnight you really notice it: Everything gets pretty damp and soggy inside the tents, the snow gets slushy and the drifts that form are soft and more easy to fall into. We have to constantly check out the sleeping tents to make sure they don’t get drifted up. Going to the toilet becomes even more a challenge than normal with the high winds. Sleeping in the tents was actually pretty good (we were pretty tired from our ‘trawlathon’). For me it’s like being on a sailing boat and someone has just forgotten to pull the sails in properly. It’s actually quite a comforting sound and every now and again a lull brings a renewed silence
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Monday, March 28th 2011, 3:27 AM EDT
It’s business as usual on the scientific front as a blizzard hits the Ice Base.
to see FIRST blizzard news report from the Catlin Arctic Survey!
Also: A Cycling Trawlathon by Helen Findlay (Ice Base Scientist)
For the past few days we’ve had a bit of storm come through the local area. The weather inevitably affects what science we can do because our priority is staying safe. With the visibility deteriorating, snow drifts building up and winds increasing we decided that our original planned sampling day of ice coring would have to be put on hold. Victoria and David had plenty of laboratory analysis to be getting on with but Kristina and I had some time on our hands so decided that this would be as good a day as any to start our 24 hour zooplankton sampling. I was particularly keen to get 24 hour data on the zooplankton composition in the top 50 m of the surface water while we still had the ADCP measuring current and backscatter data. So the challenge was set… with a stash of chocolate, hot tea, cards and lots of neatly labelled bottles Ian, Martin, Kristina and I began the 24 hour “trawlathon”. This also meant the beginning of Ian’s 24 hour cycle challenge on the Arctic Ocean…
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Wednesday, March 2nd 2011, 3:02 AM EST
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Thursday, January 27th 2011, 4:35 PM EST
This is a must for those of you who want to follow the next Catlin Arctic Survey, they are starting their THIRD trip in the Arctic in March, so far nobody has died. Lets hope they keep it that way, we will update you when this event starts, may they all come back safe and learn that it IS COLD and NOT WARM in that part of the world.
Bermuda-based insurer Catlin Group Ltd. is set to launch the latest part of its study into the potentially contributing conditions in the Arctic Ocean that cause climate change across the world.
The Catlin Arctic Survey, which is being sponsored by the company for the third straight year, will begin in March with a team of polar explorers and scientists from the US, Canada and the UK taking part in a 10-week expedition and research project to examine the surface layers of the Arctic Ocean.
The team of experts will look at everything from changes to sea temperature, to increased fresh water and ocean currents in the Arctic.
The 2011 survey will comprise information gathering and research at the Catlin Ice Base based on the sea ice at the edge of the Arctic Ocean in Canada and two missions to collect data from the murky depths below the frozen ocean surface across Prince Gustav Adolf Sea and from the North Geographic Pole towards Greenland as part of a project devised by Dr. Simon Boxall of the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK.
Thursday, May 14th 2009, 11:30 AM EDT
By David Shukman, Environment Correspondent, BBC News, Resolute, Canadian Arctic
Three UK explorers who endured frostbite and food shortages had mixed feelings at the end of their pioneering Arctic research expedition. On Wednesday, two aircraft landed on the floating Arctic ice to collect Pen Hadow, Ann Daniels and Martin Hartley.
They have been measuring the thickness of the sea ice as they trekked across the Arctic. Expedition leader Pen Hadow told the BBC that the experience had been "very tough".
The explorers hope their data will help scientists better understand the impacts of global warming in the region.
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Wednesday, May 13th 2009, 12:05 PM EDT
Pen, Martin and Ann are hopefully going to be picked up today from the ice, assuming the weather remains clear. To hear their thoughts, feelings and reflections as the expedition comes to an end you're welcome to join us for a LIVE audio webcast via satellite phone scheduled for 4pm BST.
To listen to the broadcast go to the following link:
Thank you for your continued support.
The Catlin Arctic Team
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Monday, May 11th 2009, 4:08 PM EDT
According to the Catlin website, the team plans to leave the Arctic later this week. I believe that they have done a fantastic job educating the public about the Arctic. Their mission has been followed breathlessly by BBC and Guardian reporters, who previously believed that the Arctic had melted and become a place for sunbathing.
Following the daily reports of ice, cold, frostbite, hypothermia, pain and general misery being endured by the team – even the most daft newspaper reporter must be aware now that the Arctic is a very cold and icy place.
Please click the WUWT link for FULL report
Sunday, May 10th 2009, 5:16 AM EDT
An international team of scientists has used the latest electro-magnetic induction equipment to discover that the Arctic ice is in fact "twice as thick" as they had expected, says Christopher Booker.
As the clock ticks down towards December's historic UN Copenhagen conference on climate change, the frenzied efforts of the warmists to panic us over all that vanishing Arctic and Antarctic ice are degenerating into farce.
That great authority Ban Ki-moon, the UN's Secretary-General, solemnly tells us that the polar ice caps are "melting far faster than was expected just two years ago". Yet the latest satellite information from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (passed on by the Watts Up With That blog) shows that, after the third slowest melt of April Arctic ice in 30 years, the world's polar sea ice is in fact slightly above its average extent for early May since satellite records began in 1979.
Tuesday, May 5th 2009, 5:07 AM EDT
This is edge of the seat stuff, 100% bigger and better than the UK Big Brother reality TV show, these poor individuals are going through it. But will they get through the next couple of days? Or will they throw in the very dirty and smelly towel and be rescued...hang on.... how can they be rescued....the plane can't get to them...see what we mean by edge of the seat stuff...story to be continued tomorrow....please someone send in a rescue party before they starve or freeze death
This morning Ann distributed 90g of food for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This 90g equates to just under 1000 calories each per day. Morale is, understandably, quite low. The team are hungry, lethargic, excruciatingly bored but buoyed by the likelihood of the resupply arriving today.
Monday, May 4th 2009, 6:34 AM EDT
We were not sure what to expect when reading the latest post from the Catlin Arctic Survey, after all, three people stuck in a tent for days on end did not leave much to the imagination. The problem these guys have, apart from being silly enough to try and prove "Man Made Climate Change", is that they are against the clock and low on supplies in an extremely cold and very hostile environment. Not only that, their target of traveling another 520Km, works out at another 82 days having taken 64 days to complete 404Km.
Come back soon, your times up.....
So what do three people find to talk about when they’re holed up in a tent for days on end? Martin enlightened us on just a few of their recent topics of conversation:
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