Most of the participants arrived Resolute Bay on the evening of Tuesday July 1st. The PCSP facility is excellent – nice rooms and very good food. The arrival of the POLAR6 was delayed for two days because of bad weather in northern Ontario, but finally arrived on Thursday July 03. On Friday and Saturday the POLAR6 made its first two successful science flights.
The first flight path was southerly in the direction of Lancaster Sound, and the second tracked north west towards some large polynas; in both cases the goal was to measure aerosol concentration above the sea ice and the open ocean. The POLAR6 was given a break on Sunday for system calibration on the ground. As weather conditions remain favourable, our next research flight is planned for Monday. Everyone here at the PCSP is in great spirits and is enjoying the far north, and we are hoping for the best of luck with the flights during the second week.
-Andreas Herber, Alfred Wegener Institute, NETCARE Collaborator