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North Pole 2013

Ice-T and Bear at the North Pole


Two buoys have been deployed this year near the North Pole by A Lourenço (LOCEAN) in collaboration with the North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO, PI J Morison, APL Seattle):

  • The complete system Ice-T buoy + Bear meteo mast was deployed nearby the Barneo Ice Camp 50 km away from the North Pole on April 5
  • An Ice-T buoy was deployed exactly at the north Pole on April 7.

Both instruments were installed as part of a larger experimental set-up including in particular an array of GPS buoys from J Hutchings (Univ Alaska Fairbanks) to measure ice deformation, a Polar Ocean Profiling System (POPS) from T Kikuchi (JAMSTEC) recording ocean temperature and salinity down to 500 m, a webcam monitoring the surface of the sea ice (J Morison APL, Univ of Washington).

See an animation of the trajectory of the two buoys here.

See additional pictures of field works.

Access the NPEO field report.

Watch a report on NPEO operations from ITV News, and also here too.

Deployment of Ice-T + Bear nearby the Barneo Ice camp on April 5

 View of the Bear meteo mast on top of the Ice-T buoy. The Polar Ocean profiling system is visible in the background (image (c) A Lourenço,LOCEAN)
View of the Bear meteo mast on top of the Ice-T buoy. The Polar Ocean profiling system is visible in the background (image (c) A Lourenço,LOCEAN)

Deployment of Ice-T at the North Pole on April 7

 View of  the Ice-T buoy at the North Pole with Russian Mi8 helicopter in the background  (image (c) A Lourenço,LOCEAN)
View of the Ice-T buoy at the North Pole with Russian Mi8 helicopter in the background (image (c) A Lourenço,LOCEAN)