I got settled into my berth (#8), which I am sharing with another young woman from Holland who is here for her first time to work as a deck hand. The weather was cloudy and cool (in the 40s), a bit of a change from our unseasonably warm weather in Colorado. Tomorrow I will get my equipment up and running. Dinner consisted of lots vegetarian options, perfect! It’s 8 p.m. and time to try to catch up on sleep and beat this jet lag.
Location 69.67947o, 18.99595o
Today it’s been raining on and off all day. I spent part of the day setting up the radiometer for measuring sea surface temperatures (SSTs) and making sure everything was working. So far so good! Haven’t installed it yet on the rail of the ship since the conditions during our passage will mean the instrument will be wet the entire time. I’ve been told it will take about three days to get to the ice edge. I hope at some point conditions will be better so that I can collect some SSTs.
One thing I will be doing before we are able to get physically onto the ice is making two hourly Ice Watch observations from the ship’s deck using IceWatch software from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. This will involve recording the ice concentration and type of ice types encountered. First-year ice will be determined from multiyear ice primarily on the basis of topography. I will also try to estimate the fractional areas of melt ponds (mostly frozen melt ponds), sediment laden ice and biologically rich ice. In addition to the ice observations, photographs and video taken from the ship will help to further characterize the ice conditions. After all the talk about sea sickness I’m not too psyched for the journey out to the ice, but really looking forward to getting to see it!
Lots of anticipation for tonight’s journey. The chef is cooking up some Thai food to celebrate. I wonder how spicy food will go with wave motion…hmmmm…guess I’ll know soon enough.
Next posts will come via satellite phone…they will be short, but will update on ice and weather conditions when I can.