September 9, 2012

It’s anticipated that we’ll reach the ice edge at 4 a.m. LST on Monday morning. We are currently at 80.99N, 29.99E. We saw our first sea ice today: pancake ice. Not much though, just five small floes within about a three-mile radius. Air temperature was at 3 degrees Celsius, and conditions have been foggy since yesterday. There are four helicopter flights planned tomorrow if the weather permits. I will be on one of those flights out to a multiyear ice floe, which we plan to land on. KT19 is working fine and collecting SSTs. The ship’s crew has been extremely helpful getting everything set up. Seasickness has finally subsided.

Location: 80.99N, 29.99E

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