I hope you all enjoyed the audioconference, whether you were asking
questions today or just listening in. The day was rather eventful!
I woke up before 5am this morning, because I was so excited about
starting our adventure. I sent out the questions for the audioconference
and double checked the phone and my equipment. I sat down for breakfast
with Don and Tom around 7:00 this morning and discussed our plan
for the day. We spent about an hour getting all of their equipment
ready in the BASC warehouse.
We then headed out to the site and got things set up. All of their
equipment was working fine, but my phone kept disconnecting from
our audioconference. Which you got to listen to, believe me it was
frantic for about five minutes before we got back on the audioconference
with you. You should have seen us 3 racing back to the truck, loading
all of our equipment back into the truck and then speeding back
to the warehouse to get to another phone. Could you still hear us
huffing and puffing from running when we first got on back on the
phone? When we completed the audioconference we went back out to
the site, set up the transect, set up the equipment and collected
data. We measured the albedo along a 200m transect at 2.5m intervals
with the albedometer. I was helping Tom do this and even though
he was working he was routinely looking up to scan for polar bears!
We didn't see any though. Don measured the infrared albedo using
the backpack equipment. We also measured snow depth on the ice at
every meter. The deepest in got was only about 30cm. The day was
beautiful! It cleared off so it was really bright out. I was wearing
sunglasses while Don and Tom were both wearing ski goggles. Even
though is was sunny I still got cold. There was a gentle breeze
with a temperature of about 5 F. I had my bunny boots on, a down
parka, thermal bibs and lots of FLEECE! I am looking forward to
our interview with Hajo
Have a good evening and see you tomorrow!