News from the Norwegian-U.S. Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica
February 21 at 4 pm, 1600 UTC, the Norwegian-American Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica 2007-2009 rolled in to Troll Station. The field part of this large IPY project has been successfully completed.
The traverse departed Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and commenced its 2300 km return journey back to Troll Station on December 23, 2008. After a week in the field everything is going fine, and the first science stop has now been completed.
Thursday, December 11, the Norwegian-American Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica pulled into Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The arrival is a milestone for the project itself, and also for Norwegian exploration and science in Antarctica: The traverse is the first Norwegian government-supported expedition to reach the South Pole since Roald Amundsen’s in 1911.
The first group gathers in Christchurch, New Zealand for the start of Season Two
Jan-Gunnar Winther, our expedition leader during season one and the director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, has published his account of the journey in an exquisite and richly illustrated volume.
The entire traverse team met in Tromsø March 31 to April 2 to work through the plans for the second traverse season, including the science goals, timeline, resources and logistics.
All expedition members are now happily gathered at South Pole. It took 1,5 days and 5 Basler flights between “Camp Winter”, where our logistical equipment is wintering, and the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to get out all our samples, instruments and equipment.
The Norwegian-US Traverse team celebrated New Year’s Day at the most remote location on the Antarctic continent, the Pole of Inaccessibility!
Polar Palooza, the US filmmaker following the traverse, has recently published four podcasts from the initial section of the trip.
The Norwegian-US Traverse team arrived at historic Plateau Station on 22 Dec 2007, which is just a little more than halfway on their journey to the South Pole.
There are several major responses in the climate system that are not accounted for in the projections made in IPCC’s last assessment report. One of these is how the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica respond to future warming.