AGF-311/811 Air-Sea-Ice Interactions II

This course is organised and taught at the "University Centre in Svalbard" and all informations can be found here for the master-course and here as the PhD-course on the official page from UNIS.


From FMI's team Timo Vihma and Daniel Kramer joined the course. Timo was lecturing on numerical modelling of the atmosphere and participated in the planning and execution of the field work. Daniel was instructing the students in the field. His main task was the operation of the tethersondeand the set-up/maintance of several weather stations.
This years course was focusing on the oceanographic and meteorological interactions in Isfjorden and Longyearbyen. The students were offered the opportunity to join all activities to get a broad overview of the different instruments and techniques. The oceanographic part took place in Isfjorden on UNIS's reaerch vessel "Viking Explorer".
The meteorological group based at the Airport of Longyearbyen. A cooperation with Avinor offered the opportunity to use an old hangar to store the tethersonde and maintain the SUMOs. A nice side-effect was the possibility to warm up and have a proper toilet...which is not always the case during polar fieldwork.



Figure 1: The tethersonde stored in the Hangar. Students and instructors preparing operations and discussing the situation. Figure 2: Students waiting for the helicopter to leave. The balloon had to be transported over the airfield to the measurment site.