Moi, Another aspect of our field research that hasn't been discussed in the blog is the weather. Working on an ice-covered lake, we expected cold weather, but that wasn't exactly what we got. When we arrived in Kilpisjärvi, the lake was completely ice-covered and we could walk on it confidently. The ice was thick and stable … Continue reading Dramatic changes were afoot!
Category: Exploring under-ice in a polar lake – the Kilpisjärvi edition
Moi, So, now I will take the opportunity to describe a lesson that everyone on the trip learned. It has to do with being out in the sun on a (partially ice-covered) lake. First, I will introduce Tom Kokkonen. Tom is interested in river ice, don't worry we accepted him anyway, and he came up … Continue reading Sun Lessons Learned
Moi, Now, that our bags are packed and many of the team members are on their way out of Finland (which makes us sad), some questions can be addressed and the real blogging can begin. This blog will address the first question that Team CONCUR has received. Which is "how and why UBC-Gavia, the AUV, … Continue reading So, why did the AUV get lost?
Moi, Most of the CONCUR team came to Finland expecting cold weather and packed accordingly. The rooms here at the house we are staying at are filled with suitcases overflowing with warm jackets, thermal underwear and gloves. However, since we arrived, the weather has been quite warm. Sometimes, it has been above 30 degrees Celsius … Continue reading Only in the Arctic!
Huomenta (good morning in Finnish), Tiede (science) is serious stuff. It is important to document what is being done for research purposes as well as raise public awareness of scientific research. So, photos have always been an important part of field work. One example of a famous "science pose" is biologist Edward Nelson with his … Continue reading Posing for Science!
Hello, For those who are familiar with CONCUR, you may have realized that we haven’t been mentioning one major part of the expedition. Our autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV)! So, here is the story of why we have been quiet on that front. First, let’s meet our AUV. UBC-Gavia is an autonomous underwater vehicle which is … Continue reading How to recover a missing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle!
Hello All, So check out this video of our team flying through jää (ice) with a motor boat. Keep in mind, that a week ago this ice was super thick (50 cm or so) and we were able to walk on it. Now, you can paddle through it and it falls apart. Then, when you put … Continue reading Flying Through Ice CONCUR Style!
So, what happens when you get high and dry? Well, you call for a lift. Seuraavaan kertaan! (Until next time!) Kippis! (cheers)
Moi (Hello), It has been another long work day in Kilpisjärvi, Finland. For today's blog, I thought I would give a quick snap-shot of the field work we have done. One group took measurements of the temperature, conductivity, pressure, pH, turbidity, redox, PAR and current from the surface of the water to the bottom of the … Continue reading Field work is so tough!
So, since people like pictures so much, I thought I would give you a few to get a feel of what it is like for us in Kilpisjärvi. The following photos were taken by the CONCUR team. To start is off, the thing that brought us here ICE! Now, 8 of us are living in a … Continue reading Pretty Pictures