Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/09/2007 - 13:48

Hi Svalbard team!  I can't help but reminisce about last year at this time, as we had all just gotten up to Svalbard.  That place is so beautiful and dynamic, and the work we did up there was so interesting, that it will forever be one of the highlights of my life.  I recall the last day in the field as an important one, with us setting lots of data collection instrements to "go", hiking out past the karst tepography and the incredible patterened ground to set cameras up, and I can't help but be curious about the data that has been collecting all year long.  I do hope we set the instruments up properly and that the data looks good!  Send me out a graph one of these days when you have time and enjoy your trip!  -2006 TREC teacher Maggie Kane

Mike Retelle

HI Maggie- Thanks for the note. It was great seeing you on the PolarTREC teacher bookmarks, aka the arctic trading cards. Today I ran into one of our biology students here at Bates who just returned from an oceanographic trip that started in Longyearbyen and he got me excited with his description of the ice conditions in the fjords and in the Barents Sea and the results of their cruise.

This season at Kap Linne I'm really looking forward to mapping the margin of Linnebreen and seeing some of the results from the delta and glaciercams and the loggers in the lake.  Steve Roof got some interesting data from the spring field work and it'll be "cool" to see the whole picture of how ice and snowmelt and river discharge evolved. We'll definitely be thinking of you and the past PolarTREC teachers and REU-ers. We'll be in touch soon!  


Al Werner

 Hi Maggie,
We will miss you this year!
And yes we are certainly eager to share the new data with you and others for that matter!
Mike doesn't know about this yet, so keep it under your balaklava, but I am hoping to deploy a new sensor to measure underflow currents - can't tell you any more until I see if it works! Sort of a need to know basis! :)
Thanks for all your good work!