I look back at 2016 and remember some of the great experiences, moments and travels!
The last Saturday on the cruise was spent dismounting most of the equipment, while the ship laid still and drifting near the ice edge (where the transition from open water to ice is in the sea). The rest of the gear will follow the ship to Helsingborg, and be taken off during demobilization later in October. … Continue reading Feet on land: The Arctic Ocean cruise come to an end
The reason for me being on the Arctic Ocean 2016 research cruise is primarily to gather data for my PhD research work. I have promised a post about my work, so let me tell you a bit about what I am doing. I started my PhD at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) … Continue reading About my work: Reducing the impact from sea ice on marine operations in the Arctic
Yesterday, we saw the sun set for the first time in 38 days. We are headed south. The sunset is a sign; the journey coming to an end.
Local time: 2016-09-15 17:04 Position: 82° 47.23'N 018° 50.53'E Heading: 198° Speed: 6 knots Water depth: 4238 m Wind speed: 7.4 m/s Air temperature: -8.67°C Feels like (wind chill): -16.87°C Sea temperature: -1.8°C It finally happened - we saw a polar bear! There has only been one polar bear spotting earlier on the trip. However, … Continue reading Photo of the day: POLAR BEAR
I got to help the meteorology work package with launching a weather balloon! We launch four of these each day. The balloons are filled with helium and attached to a sensor that records the pressure, humidity and temperature in the atmosphere on their way up. In addition, the sensor has GPS, and therefore the wind … Continue reading Photo of the day: Balloon launch
There are many scientists from different fields of research on Oden during Arctic Ocean 2016. One benefit of being on the cruise (except getting to collect your own data, of course), is getting to know them and learning about their work. We attended a tour in the lab of the sediment coring group. Grace Shephard … Continue reading Coring: Sampling sediments from the seafloor
Being on a Swedish icebreaker with a fantastic crew means learning Swedish traditions. We already had a surströmming party (eating fermented herring, which I wrote about here: https://runaskarbo.wordpress.com/2016/08/31/we-survived-surstromming/). Last Saturday, we got to participate in another Swedish traditional autumn party; kreftskiva (crayfish party)! After what I have learned, you make your own hat for the … Continue reading Kreftskiva: Crayfish and homemade hats
Local time: 2016-09-08 23:48 Position: 88° 05.24'N 080° 28.08'E Heading: 209° Speed: 5.5 knots Water depth: 4478 m Wind speed: 12.1 m/s Air temperature: -6.68°C Feels like (wind chill): -15.83°C Sea temperature: -1.6°C Today has been one of those days who makes me feel like I am the luckiest person on the planet, because I … Continue reading Photo(s) of the day: Arctic sun and halos
The last week or so we have been doing bathymetric mapping surveys of the seabed in an area more west, close to Canada. We transited from the pole further south, to around 82°N 142°W, for these surveys. Transiting 7° south may not sound like much, but it is approximately 780 km (I wrote about the … Continue reading Time zones on the top of the world