First data collected

To be able to reach our stations on the Ross Ice Shelf we have to fly with a Twin Otter. Every morning we are ready at 7 am and wait for the phone call that confirms our flight. After 4 days of being ready and eventually hanging around at the office because we didn’t fly we finally took off to go to the first station on Friday.

Getting ready to take off and reach our first station by Twin Otter.
Getting ready to take off and reach our first station by Twin Otter.
Relaxing before reaching the site.
Relaxing before reaching the site.

After a pleasant one hour flight to the ice edge we reached our station ‘DR01’.

Crack on the ice shelf front.
Crack at the ice shelf front
Ice edge
Ross Ice Shelf front

Our two main tasks are setting up a GPS station (UNAVCO) and digging out the data logger of the seismometer (PASSCAL).

GPS station in the middle of nowhere.
GPS station in the middle of nowhere.
Digging down to get the data logger.
Digging down to get the data logger.