First science flight

We got our first science flight in yesterday, flying north of Svalbard across the edge of the sea ice. At low level the air was fairly clear over open water, but a radiation fog over the ice prevented the aircraft from descending below 500ft. There were several think decks of cloud above however, and we worked in those after doing as much as possible at low level.


A Brocken Spectre – rings of scattered light around the shadow of the aircraft.

As I write the aircraft is back up in the same area conducting our second science flight. Take off was delayed by fog at the airport this morning – it’s still hanging around in the fjord, and washing up against the end of the runway. I’m on watch to call the aircraft if conditions deteriorate at all and they need to come back early.

The approach in to Longyearbyen airport

The approach in to Longyearbyen airport

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About Ian Brooks

Trained as a physicist, sidetracked into meteorology, and slowly working my way down to the oceans - I am a Professor in atmospheric science in the School of Earth and Environment, at the University of Leeds. I do research in boundary-layer processes, air-sea interaction, and Arctic meteorology & climate.

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