The ROSETTA-Ice Team is returning to the US. There is a possibility for a new deployment in February 2017, but for now we will stop posting dailies for sea ice images.
ROSETTA-Ice launched five more ALAMO ocean profilers from an Air National Guard C-130 Hercules yesterday. First clear day for weeks, and the last available day to fly. Graphic shows the deployment locations.
These profilers should report back daily while sea ice is clear. In winter, they will be covered by sea ice but will continue to profile, then send us back their data next summer when the ice clears away again.
Congratulations to the entire ROSETTA-Ice team, but in particular Kirsty Tinto and Dave Porter (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) and Scott Springer (ESR).
Read more at ESR’s Facebook page.
Scott Springer (ESR) was part of the team making the first successful launch of an Alamo (air-launched autonomous micro observer) profiling float in the Ross Sea. The Alamo float measures profiles of temperature and salinity from the surface to the seabed in this difficult-to-reach part of the world. About once per day, the profiler comes to the surface and makes a phone call to send its data home to researchers in the US.