POLAR6 - A scenic tour on the sixth research flight

On July 13th we had our sixth research flight out of Resolute. In contrast to our past five flights, we spent the majority of our time during this flight over open water in Lancaster Sound. We flew out into the sound at 9500 feet and had a great view of the Devon Island ice cap. We descended and returned between 200 and 3000 feet, providing an even better view of the glaciers. 

View of glaciers on Devon Island from 200 ft
View of glaciers on Devon Island from 200 ft
Devon Island Ice Cap
Devon Island Ice Cap

Franzi (UofMainz) and Richard (EC) aboard Polar6
Franzi (UofMainz) and Richard (EC) aboard Polar6
Heiko (UofMainz) and Julia (UofT) aboard Polar6
Heiko (UofMainz) and Julia (UofT) aboard Polar6

July 13th flight track
July 13th flight track

Of course, we did some sampling as well and found interesing contrasts between this flight over open water and our previous ones over ice, with a nucleation and growth event out over the eastern part of the sound. We also spent some time near the ice-edge in Lancaster Sound, where we spotted some whales while flying low. Everyone was quite happy with this flight, sightseeing and science included!

The video shows a view from the POLAR6 above the Lancastersound ice-edge.

 

-Megan Willis, NETCARE Graduate Student

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