Colin Jenkinson (BOM) remained at WAIS Divide after the 1st team left, but he was not left alone for long. Ryan Scott (SIO) arrived today at the WAIS Divide and is now working with Colin, forming the 2nd AWARE Mission team. After Ryan’s arrival today, he will spend 5 weeks working at the WAIS facility. Ryan and Colin’s work together will include launching 4 radiosondes per day to document the

Ryan Scott (Doctoral Candidate, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, (SIO) – UCSD) arrived at McMurdo today. From December 2015 to February 2016, Ryan will provide scientific and field support to AWARE at the WAIS Divide Ice Camp Extended Facility, followed by the AMF2 CosRay site at McMurdo. In addition to close monitoring of the weather, his daily activities include launching radiosondes, conducting snow measurements, operating the ASD spectroradiometer, and assisting with

The Ohio State University, Polar Meteorology Group provides weather and climate information in support of the ongoing AWARE field campaign. This information is particularly important at a time when an unusually strong El Niño event is unfolding in the equatorial Pacific. This kind of event can leave a significant imprint on the weather and climate of West Antarctica through atmospheric teleconnections. View Weather Map for Antarctica. (Source: Ohio State University,

AMF equipment at WAIS Divide. Left to right: Total Sky Imager (TSI) and Ceilometer, Microwave radiometer (MWR) farther back by itself, the container with most of the instruments and data system, liquid nitrogen supply (yellow crates) for the GVRP microwave profiling radiometer, and the GNDRAD system – 06 December 2015       Photo on “Read More . . .”

The prime motivation for the AWARE Mission is to resume climatological field work, since there has been no substantial atmospheric science or climatological field work on West Antarctica since that started during the 1957 International Geophysical Year (and continued for just a few years afterward). For several decades, direct meteorological information on the WAIS has been limited to a few automatic weather stations. And yet satellite imagery and meteorological reanalyses

The AWARE field party arrives at WAIS Divide Ice Camp. Left to right: Mike Ryczek (BOM), Dan Lubin (SIO-CASPO), Colin Jenkinson (BOM), and Heath Powers (LANL) – 02 December 2015 See Photo on “Read More . . .”

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