euro1   71

Summer 2013: Fieldwork for Remote Sensing – from the Lena Delta to Abisko

(Photo: Elin Högström) Ice complex cliff at the South East coast of Kurungnakh. (Photo: Elin Högström) Ice complex cliff at the South East coast of Kurungnakh. Monday, 12th of August 2013 
 
During August, several PAGE21 teams are merging at the Samoylov station, in the Lena Delta.
 
Currently at the station from PAGE21 are Birgit Heim from AWI and Elin Högström from TUW (blog author).
 
Our boat landed at the island last Tuesday, the 6th, after ca 40h traveling from Berlin without much of a proper sleep.
 
Eleven persons, all from Russia and Germany, plus myself - a Swede traveling from Austria.
 
(Photo: Birgit Heim) Elin Högström taking reference soil moisture measurements at a moss sample site.(Photo: Birgit Heim) Elin Högström taking reference soil moisture measurements at a moss sample site.The new Samoylov station still makes me quite speechless. What a well organized and equipped place to work!
 
Among many unbelievably good things, there is internet and an amazing laboratory.
 
On top of that, there is for example table tennis!
 
As a start of this expedition we spent a day at the station with preparations, such as assembling equipment and getting organized together with other groups when it comes to the boat dumping/picking us up at various locations and times.
 
This day ended with a little reception party in the conference room.
 
And then visitors knocking on the door at 02h00... It was a team of dendrochronologists from Germany and Russia who needed to borrow Internet.
 
They are now staying a few of nights with their ship parked at the beach.
 
Southern Kurugnak is the first area that me and Birgit are covering.
 
We spent the last three days there preparing grids where we do measurements for remote sensing validation during days of satellite passes.
 
(Photo: Elin Högström) Fjodor (station manager) and Birgit Heim having tea at the boat after a long day at Kurungnakh. (Photo: Elin Högström) Fjodor (station manager) and Birgit Heim having tea at the boat after a long day at Kurungnakh. Yesterday was the first day of a TerraSAR-X pass and to have enough time we had asked to be picked up again at 21h00.
 
We were just as tired as exited after these first days!
 
The weather has been so amazing: sunny with just enough breeze to blow away the mosquito.
 
On the first day, when we just had light backpacks, I even did barefoot hiking half the day.
 
So amazing! From time to time I could feel hitting the permafrost table with my heels.
 
 
 
Written by Elin
 
 
 
Share