Dramatic changes were afoot!

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 […]

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Sun Lessons Learned

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 […]

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So, why did the AUV get lost?

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, […]

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Only in the Arctic!

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 […]

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Posing for Science!

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 […]

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How to recover a missing Autonomous Underwater Vehicle!

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 […]

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Flying Through Ice CONCUR Style!

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 […]

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