EastGRIP - Field Diaries 2016
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EGRIP final pull-out and camp close
13 August 2016
As usual on the day of final pull-out, a hectic activity in camp began as soon as the message came that the LC-130 had launched from Kangerlusssuaq.
12 August 2016
A very busy day in camp were all items are packed and stored on their overwintering spots.
11 August 2016
The surface is now tidy and all equipment is packed on sledges. The snow blower is being moved to it’s storage place in the garage.
Packing the camp for winter
10 August 2016
Again a packing day. All equipment is now arranged on sledges or stored in the garages. Only two weatherports remain up and most camp personal has moved into the Dome to sleep.
Vapor tower goes down
9 August 2016
Yesterday the vapor tent with the PICARRO was packed, today the vapor tower went down. Sverrir assisted Diana with the crane of the PistenBully to take the tower down.
8 August 2016
After a morning with low clouds and groundfog the weather cleared around 14:00 and Skier 13 arrived at EGRIP at 14:10. Aslak, Bo, Cunde, Steff, Josefine, Mika, Markus, Nick and Oliver will leave us.
Skidoo Ring Riding
7 August 2016
We did not manage to get the planned mission to EGRIP this Sunday and instead we arranged a skidoo ring riding contest after dinner. Two teams were formed and with 8 in team Randi and 7 in team Mika.
Preparing the scene
6 August 2016
We have an old picture from Dye3 1976 where Sigfus and Steff are using the shallow drill for the first time. Several parts of the drill including the winch, tower and some of the drill parts are still operational.
5 August 2016
As we expected the next mission on Sunday we moved ‘Saturday Night’ to Friday. We used the day to continue to prepare the camp for winter and at four o’clock we all took a shower and prepared the dinner.
4 August 2016
The amount of equipment to either ship back or to store on overwintering sledges has built up. In the next week all the equipment on the picture will be organized and removed.
Grooming the skiway
3 August 2016
The first mission is on Sunday August 7th so it is time to groom the skiway. The last mission was July 21st and during the last two weeks we have had little snow and some wind so we have small drifts on the skiway.
Winch is moved down into the drill trench
2 August 2016
The day has come where the tower and the winch for the deep drilling operations has to be moved down the ramp to the drill trench.
Snow blocks from the trenches
1 August 2016
The weather and the clouds have been very beautiful the last days. On the picture the snow blocks cut in the trenches with chainsaw since July have been collected on the surface.
Timber sledge for overwintering
31 July 2016
We are slowly preparing camp for close down August 13th. One of the first projects has been to lift all the timber to the overwintering sledge.
A new snow height sampling method
30 July 2016
The bamboo forest for snow height measurements gives sore backs. Diana, Mari and Emilie has invented an alternative way of measuring the snow height comfortably laying in a sledge.
EGRIP international knitting club
29 July 2016
Saturday night is getting closer and strange activities happen. Mari, Emilie and Randi has formed an international knitting club and it is clear the products are related to a secret Saturday stunt.
28 July 2016
For once the weather was not perfect (as can be seen on our webcamera broadcasting a picture every 10 min: http://phone.egrip.camp/current.jpg).
Snow on Garage Floor
27 July 2016
While Steff and Trevor are reaming the pilot borehole to a larger diameter the main work force of the team have been improving the floors in the mechanic and the carpenters garage.
Drone in action
26 July 2016
Today Aslak launched the drone Cumulus One from the camp with warm batteries. The drone ascended to 500 m and flew a grid of 14 5 km lines with 200 m spacing over camp.
Core buffer – mission accomplished
25 July 2016
After lowering the floor with 30 cm we have leveled the floor and placed a shelve system for the ice cores in the room.
24 July 2016
The most important tool of a glaciologist is a shovel. This statement has been proved again.
Saturday night group picture
23 July 2016
We had a wonderful Saturday night with a very good menu made by Nick, Oliver and Emilie. At midnight the traditional dancing started and the Dome rocked all night.
Trapped air bubbles in the ice core
22 July 2016
Today we have drilled ice cores with enclosed air bubbles. Our first results revel that the close off depth is around 62 m and end of today we reached the depth 87.09 m.
Bill Nye Good Bye
21 July 2016
Bill Nye Good Bye
20 July 2016
TAfter three days with the Tällberg group, Juan Enriquez gave a 10 min presentation on how the message on climate change could be communicated.
The first deep ice core
19 July 2016
Today we reach the great day where Steff and Trevor drilled the first ice core
Dialog at EGRIP
18 July 2016
We have had wonderful dialogs with the Tällberg group and the Bill Nye group.
Visitors at EGRIP
17 July 2016
Today Skier 81 came to EGRIP with 28 people to camp.
A visit in the vapor tent
16 July 2016
Today Josefine made us a very nice brunch after our “Friday-Saturday” yesterday.
Group picture from the new middle floor
15 July 2016
As we have the next big exchange period on Sunday we decided to have ‘Saturday Night’ on a Friday.
The hidden trenches
14 July 2016
Looking to the West of camp you see a small entrance, two small tents and a lot of bamboo pole flags.
Final touch in the inclined trench
13 July 2016
Yesterday, we measured the distance between the drill floor and the bottom of the inclined trench to be 6.83 m.
The front door
12 July 2016
The Dome is opening towards the new front door.
New extended floor
11 July 2016
One of our tasks is to extend the middle-level floor around the side of the Dome so it continues over the front door.
10 July 2016
This is the last day digging and placing beams in the logging corridor in the trenches.
Saturday night again
9 July 2016
An absolutely beautiful day with sun and no wind.
Polar bear footprints approaching EGRIP
8 July 2016
Today was is the day of investigating what had happened yesterday.
Polar bear at EastGRIP
7 July 2016
In the morning a polar bear approached the EGRIP camp.
Surface Snow Measurements
6 July 2016
One of the snow surface measurements made is the specific surface area SSA of snow.
Cutting snow blocks
5 July 2016
It has been an ongoing theme during the EGRIP season: cutting endless amounts of snow blocks with chain saws to form the trenches.
Kiting in the wind
4 July 2016
It has been an ongoing project the last week to make a kite to pull a man on a sledge ...
Live streaming France-Iceland
3 July 2016
After a great Saturday evening we had an late start with an amazing brunch by Josefine
Bowling on the floor in the drill trench
2 July 2016
This Saturday evening a bowling tournament was planned in the drill trench...
Ready for a 12 km skidoo trip from camp
1 July 2016
The ice margin on the side of the NEGIS ice stream is very special with...
The beauty of clouds
30 June 2016
We had a rather windy day today with wind bursts up to 20 kn...
A perfect wooden floor
29 June 2016
One of the tasks we have for this period is to make a plywood floor in the drill trench...
The last mission in this flight period
28 June 2016
Skier 21 arrived at 10:00 am to a perfect sunny day with a good...
Master defense at EGRIP
27 June 2016
A quite special day with a formal Master defense at EGRIP...
New people in camp
26 June 2016
A really sunny and clear day with temperatures up to -7 °C...
A busy day in camp
25 June 2016
Luckily, weather improved today so we could receive the skier...
A completely white day
24 June 2016
As it was ‘Sunday’ today, we started a bit later than usual. Activities for preparation of flight missions...
Saturday night on a Thursday
23 June 2016
Due to Midsummer and expectations of a hectic weekend with several flights, we have moved Saturday night to today Thursday...
A new hill in town and a Greenland Geyser
22 June 2016
This coming weekend we expect several flight missions to camp with new people and cargo...
Two drilling operations in one day
21 June 2016
At the Swiss drill site, the drill went 21 m deeper today breaking yesterday’s record by a factor of 10...
First successful drilling at Swiss drill test site
20 June 2016
Over the last week, Jakob and Barbara have been fighting various issues at the Swiss test drill site....
Inclined trench bottom reached
19 June 2016
Today the excavation of the inclined trench terminated at a depth of 7.1 m...
EGRIP phone home
18 June 2016
A few decades ago, communication to and from camp was mostly by radio contact to our office in Kangerlussuaq.
Different types of snow
17 June 2016
The soft snow falling on the surface of the ice sheet undergoes a fascinating transition until it is buried deep in the ice sheet as solid ice with air bubbles.
Skiers for Science
16 June 2016
Every morning the last 5 days a group of three skiers went out to sample surface snow...
Out of camp
15 June 2016
The good weather continued and allowed for outdoor work. After lunch, a group of four went 12 km to the NW of camp to drill an 11m shallow core.
House warming in ‘the Water Vapour Tent’
14 June 2016
The camp enjoyed a normal working day for the first time in a while without any air traffic.
Monday the 13th of June
13 June 2016
The Twin-Otter passed over camp for the last time with Nettles group this morning, and so the camp population is down to 15.
12 June 2016
Following the tradition, camp had a slow start Sunday morning...
From white to blue sky
11 June 2016
Fortunately, the wind speed came down during the night, so we now have better outdoor working conditions. In the morning, we had ground fog, however, so the Twin-Otter was grounded.
A white, warm, and windy day
10 June 2016
It has been snowing most of the day, the wind has picked up, and temperatures have been up to -5 °C.
A major crew exchange
9 June 2016
Today we received a Skier with 8 new people arriving to camp and 4 leaving, bringing the camp population to 21 persons.
A successful visit by a member of the Danish government
8 June 2016
The planned visit by the boss of all Danish researchers, minister for Research and Education Ulla Tørness went well.
Camp is preparing for the last two flights and last crew exchange in this period
7 June 2016
The last two flights for this period are scheduled for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow.
EGRIP airport closed due to weather for half a day
6 June 2016
This morning we woke up to a completely cloud covered sky where the colour of the sky is the same as the snow surface.
A busy day in the airport
5 June 2016
With the Twin Otter stationed here and with LC-130 flights from Kangerlussuaq, we have coordinated the flight schedules.
A Saturday evening with a birthday celebration
4 June 2016
Many things were accomplished today, and at the same time we were able to spend a Saturday evening together.
Many new hands and new projects
3 June 2016
With the plane yesterday came drillers and drilling equipment, and for the first time this year, ice drilling equipment is being setup.
What a difference a day makes
2 June 2016
The blizzard from yesterday disappeared during the night. Only the wake of the blizzard was seen around camp in the form of snow drifts.
The wind came!
1 June 2016
In the morning, we had a mild breeze from the East.
While we are waiting for high winds
31 May 2016
The forecast of today and especially tomorrow warns about high wind speeds, and again this has stopped us from folding the balloons. We are afraid they will run away from us.
How to make ends meet
30 May 2016
We have postponed folding the balloons and stowing them, because of strong winds forecasted. Instead, we focused on laying cables and grooming the taxiway and apron.
29 May 2016
Today, weather improved, and we could continue outdoor activities.
EGRIP on a day with mostly in-door activities
28 May 2016
In was really cold to workout side today, but a few things needed to be done due to increasing snow drift.
EGRIP on a snowy day
27 May 2016
The weather has turned bad. For a couple of days we have had increasing cloud cover and increasing snowfall.
Balloon trench construction complete!
26 May 2016
Today was the big day! We began deflating balloons in the morning, and by 1100...
Good bye to our PARCA friends and Hans Christian
25 May 2016
This morning at 0810, the PARCA team left us on the Twin Otter, and Hans Christian went with them...
Our visitors are already leaving tomorrow
24 May 2016
The PARCA team have been very efficient. Today, they flew to one site to maintain a station and they were back early afternoon.
We have visitors
23 May 2016
Today the Twin Otter arrived again, but with a different team.
Now the balloons are inflated and buried
22 May 2016
The weather continues to be cooperative, and today was a really good day for blowing back the trenches...
Working in the ice mines
21 May 2016
From early morning until Noon, almost all hands were on deck to cut, dig and haul snow...
We postpone the balloon circus for one day
20 May 2016
This morning, Joel made an excellent suggestion: “Why don’t we remove all excess snow from tunnels and the already made trenches while we have a Pistenbully in the open trench to push the snow away?”
Stage two of snow cave construction is well in progress
19 May 2016
Excavating trenches is now so much of a routine that it ...
Tunnel break through on a beautiful day
18 May 2016
Today the weather was excellent, sunshine and very little wind. It was a good day to work outside.
Traverse is back and clearing the construction site for preparation of next stage
17 May 2016
At the appointed time at 0800 this morning, we had telephone contact with the traverse.
Casting of underground caves a success!!
16 May 2016
Today was the anxiously awaited – and somewhat feared – day of revelations.
Departure of the traverse
15 May 2016
Our carpenter, Christian, needs beams to continue his work on the covers of the 6m deep vertical shafts to the future trenches...
Saturday evening with a German twist
14 May 2016
A roster has been made to keep the pressure in the balloons high enough. Each hour, a person has to go out to the pump...
The day after the party
13 May 2016
As nobody had slept very much last night, the whole morning felt like after a lively party.
Full action: Thursday morning to Friday morning 0630
12 May 2016
Now the big task is done: All balloons are now buried under several meter snow, and the snow surface is flat again with only a few ventilation shafts and hoses sticking out of the snow.
Now it is true: Tomorrow we build a balloon animal
11 May 2016
I was a bit too hasty yesterday when I claimed we were ready to put the balloons in.
Tomorrow we build a balloon animal
10 May 2016
The excavation has now reached the floor of the future trenches.
It is beginning to become exiting
9 May 2016
In the excavation of the trenches, we are now in a phase where we have to be precise in our work.
Construction of the science trench has begun
8 May 2016
We have now begun the largest construction effort this month: The excavation of trenches and subsequent construction of snow roofs...
First real Saturday evening at EGRIP
7 May 2016
Saturday evening is a special occasion. People try to finish their tasks at 1600 and then...
Eastern half of the future EGRIP camp now has electrical power
6 May 2016
As power and heating is now available in the weatherports, people can begin to move into them.
Progress on a beautiful day
5 May 2016
This day has been beautiful in a double sense. The weather is absolutely
splendid and the weather forecast is good as well...
Never a dull day
4 May 2016
There is always something to do in camp, not only planned tasks; but also bothersome jobs and surprises.
EGRIP put-in 2016 now completed
3 May 2016
The last plane of the put-in period has come and gone.
First new structures built in camp
2 May 2016
Weatherwise, the day today was more normal for the season with a light wind and not above -20 °C.
Second plane on the skiway.
1 May 2016
We were a bit anxious this morning as we received a plane with fuel.
We received the first flight on the prepared EGRIP skiway
30 April 2016
Although the high winds from yesterday continued into the night, we were not too worried ...
We are prepared for the planned flight tomorrow
29 April 2016
Our airport (skiway and apron and all markings) is ready to receive the planned flight tomorrow.
EastGRIP 2016 is open!
28 April 2016
The first team of seven field participants arrived at EastGRIP yesterday at noon.
Third hand news from EGRIP
27 April 2016
The put in team of 8 people departed Kangerlussauq at 09:40 local time.
Arranging cargo and getting ready
26 April 2016
The first team of 7 field participants and 2 field operation managers have been gathered in Kangerlussuaq since monday...
The field office opens
22 April 2016
The 2016 EastGRIP season has now started.