PolarView Sea Ice Concentration, 20-27 August 2013

The sea ice is critical to the success of our expedition – too little and we will be unable to cross from the Peninsula to Snow Hill and the other islands safely; too much and we won’t be able to approach the Peninsula at all in the Golden Fleece. ¬†We’re all watching the radar charts like owls on a caffeine high. ¬†The historical average peak ice concentration occurs in mid- to late September, and then rapidly decreases into October, but year-on-year variation is dramatic and conditions early in the season are not much good for predicting the outcome. ¬†Some time in September we will begin to get access to the high-resolution satellite photographs of the region, which give much more detailed information, but it is a stressful time. ¬†Three years of planning hanging in the balance…

I’ll post the images here when they are available. ¬†The last week has shown some promising decreases in the concentration, but a cold spell can reverse the trend in less than a day. ¬†We can expect to see the ice thicken, but hope to see a little less to the west to make us all breathe easier.

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Source:  PolarView/Universitat Bremen, http://www.iup.uni-bremen.de:8084/amsr2/

Blast from the past

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I stumbled across this article online to day, which I didn’t know was available other than in the print version of Junior Doctor magazine years ago. ¬†It’s a nice vignette for people thinking about working as a polar expedition doctor. ¬†Brings back warm memories of SANAE IV, and heightens the longing to get back down south. ¬†One month to go before we depart for the Snow Hill Island Expedition

Have a look at the article on JuniorDoctor.com here:  Extreme Medicine РThe Antarctic Doctor