Surrounding environment and weather station

Before beginning the construction of the ice camp facilities, we must know the conditions of the location where we will install our equipment. Consequently, we are getting in situ information about the surrounding environment.

In order to find out more about the local conditions, our scientific collaborators aboard the Vagabond in Qikiqtarjuaq, are sending us information about the state of the ice camp area. The location for this year will be same as in 2014 and 2015.

Éric Bossier, the captain of the polar yacht Vagabond, has sent us pictures of the ice and icebergs in the ice camp area.

Ice camp neighbouring icebergs

According to the information provided by Éric Brossier, there is always a 5m long sled (16 feet) at the foot of icebergs to give scale. The plots were made with the GPS closest to the icebergs:

Below, you will see time-lapse photos from March – December 2015:

Installing ice camp weather station

Now that the conditions at the ice camp location are known, Éric Brossier, our scientific collaborator aboard the Vagabond, has begun installing the weather station mast with France Pinczon du Sel, Joseph and Eirin.

The weather station is measuring humidity, temperature, wind speed and direction, ice thickness,  and snow thickness.

Weather conditions in Qikiqtarjuaq

Would you like to know which are the weather conditions in Qikiqtarjuaq?

A quick assessment:

Partly cloudy, south wind and north 15-20 knots

-15 ° C (ditto in 2014 & 2015)

67 ° 28.793’N – 63 ° 48.141’O

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