Field season 2008
The 2008 field season has been completed successfully
10 October 2008
The floor where the Viessman cabins are to be placed was carefully levelled following Henry’s method.
11 August 2008
Levelling floors involves moving snow (as most other activities in camp)
A Toyota break down stopped the radar measurements for the day
10 August 2008
Saturday evening with an American Buffet.
9 August 2008
Many of the projects are reaching the end
8 August 2008
Drill tower in place.
7 August 2008
Finishing Dome constructions 2008
6 August 2008
Finally the top windows are in place
5 August 2008
The most wonderful weather today
4 August 2008
Small projects finished
3 August 2008
The last traces of the firn village are removed.
2 August 2008
97% solar eclipse at NEEM
1 August 2008
The big DV day.
31 July 2008
The fight period with the DV visit is coming close and the day is a big cleaning day in the camp
30 July 2008
The 3 ton heavy winch has been moved down in the drill trench
29 July 2008
The traverse is back at NEEM
28 July 2008
Work continues in camp
27 July 2008
Saturday evening and Bo's 30 year birthday
26 July 2008
The big snow removing day - and Laki found for the third time this year!
25 July 2008
The cooks snowmelter and sodamachine is installed
24 July 2008
Flight day with goodbyes and welcomes
23 July 2008
The day is spiced with preparations for the flight the next day, Wednesday
22 July 2008
Dishwasher, toilet with flushing water, indoor shower, handwash with water - the camp is one big smile.
21 July 2008
The main generator heat exchanger is replaced and - the heating system with the snowmelter works!
20 July 2008
High winds stops camp activities and all snug in preparing Saturday evening
19 July 2008
The traverse to NGRIP departs
18 July 2008
Firn-gas program comes into routine and the new kitchen is under construction
17 July 2008
Reaming was finished and a camera showed the bottom of the 92m deep hole
16 July 2008
A windy day - but all activities continue
15 July 2008
The first monitoring of greenhouse gasses.
14 July 2008
The first snow the last 3 weeks
13 July 2008
Main Generator moves into camp
12 July 2008
Success with the fueling system
11 July 2008
The camp drowns in cargo
10 July 2008
An eventful day
9 July 2008
More people arriving tomorrow
8 July 2008
A beautiful day with no winds and sunshine in the evening
7 July 2008
A flight period is coming up and the new fuel system is being prepared
6 July 2008
A day with high broken overcast. In the dome the construction of the first floor continued and we have begun placing walls on the ground floor. The passage team broadens the passage between the science and drill trenches.
The day when the moles broke through between the science and the drill trenches
5 July 2008
A very successful day for the BAS radar team, Fabian and Tim
4 July 2008
The drilling of the NEEM pilot hole was finalized at the depth 106.16m
3 July 2008
The first fuel tank is on sledge
2 July 2008
The dome is in progress and we plan the interior.
1 July 2008
In the dome, the floor on the ground floor is finished with plywood above the insulation material. The second garage snow hill was finished and the top levelled so we are ready to set the second garage tent up.
The camp celebrated the very first NEEM ice core
30 June 2008
The position of the deep ice core borehole was marked in the drill trench.
29 June 2008
Again the roof building was the main camp task. And of course: It was Saturday night.
28 June 2008
Most of the team continued the work with the drill trench roof. Today we bridged the pass way between the science trench and the drill trench using the crane to support Peter placing the beams over the pass way.
The main task of the day was to build the science trench roof. While building we received guests.
27 June 2008
Another flight mission and lots of activity
26 June 2008
Again a beautiful day with a flight mission and also high activity in camp. The weather today was quite similar to the weather yesterday and again a mission was planned in the early morning. Three left camp, Sarah, Bruce and Blair, and four arrived, Valerie, JiWong, Timothy and Fabian.
25 June 2008
Today weather was perfect for flights there was an exchange of personnel at NEEM. The remaining day was used for the newcomers to adjust to camp and camp activities and for the overlapping doctors, cooks and mechanics to exchange information. With 2 cooks in camp the food was overwhelming including sushi, lasagne, 2 cakes, and chocolate strawberries. Thanks!
No plane, so building continues
24 June 2008
Today's flight was cancelled due to weather, so we continued mounting windows, floors and panels on the top of the main dome. It took a little while for people to adjust to the fact that there was no flight, but after that we had a good day of work in and around the main dome and finished off by celebrating mid-summer one day late, as we had expected a new crew today.
Today we finished excavating the science trench - now we need to put a roof on
23 June 2008
Sunday, a bit slow but we mounted some difficult panels
22 June 2008
Today was clearly a Sunday. People began work a bit later than usual; but soon people were working at their different tasks. We are also beginning to prepare for the big exchange of personnel next week.
Summer solstice. Greenland national day
21 June 2008
Now the walls connect to the ground floor, in some places and again today we worked in sunshine all day. As usual for Saturday, Sverrir setup the shower inside the garage, and everybody got a nice wash before Saturday night dinner.
Working in sunshine
20 June 2008
Panelling on a good weather day
19 June 2008
Panels and snow and snow and panels....
18 June 2008
Panels, panels and more panels
17 June 2008
The Main Dome gets a skin
16 June 2008
Dome frame complete
15 June 2008
Blizzard – not again!
14 June 2008
An unusual guest and hot summer weather
13 June 2008
Dome construction and excavating the drill trench
12 June 2008
11 June 2008
Today we mounted the ground floor of the main dome, and began construction of the 1st floor. Once this floor is in, we can use it as support of our scaffold to mount the very top to the dome structure.
What a difference one good day makes
10 June 2008
The forecasted storm hit us
9 June 2008
Now the drill trench has a roof
8 June 2008
Excavating drill trench and building dome
7 June 2008
Another fine day for working outside
6 June 2008
Danish Constitution Day, another fine day
5 June 2008
Big success and break through
4 June 2008
Todays flight did not land
3 June 2008
The weather is fine – we work
2 June 2008
We receive another plane
1 June 2008
We receive a plane
31 May 2008
Finally the weather cleared up a bit. The morning had snow showers, but finally at 10 o’clock we were able to call in a plane. It landed at 2 o’clock, just as the weather changed again, and snow began to fall.
Bad weather ends (hopefully)
30 May 2008
29 May 2008
Sticky weather continues
28 May 2008
It’s hard for people to keep occupied when most tasks in camp involves a certain amount of good weather. Strong winds, warm temperatures and constantly moving snow are not among the good things in camp right now.
27 May 2008
A feeling of Christmas
26 May 2008
Large construction work in progress
25 May 2008
Moving onto main street and receiving visitors for afternoon tea
24 May 2008
Building a new kitchen
23 May 2008
Another fine day on the ice
22 May 2008
After the storm
21 May 2008
20 May 2008
Is the storm coming?
19 May 2008
During the morning, winds increased from 14 knots to 18 knots, and as temperatures were about -27 C, the windchill became lower than -50. The wind persisted all day and in the evening the surface snow became agitated.
Construction work begins
18 May 2008
The 6th and final plane arrives
17 May 2008
Today we received the last plane in this flight period and another crew member: Sebastian. Ahead of us, we now have 12 days where we can concentrate on construction work. It is Saturday evening, which is relaxing time.
The 5th plane arrives
16 May 2008
3rd and 4th plane arrive
15 May 2008
We have fought bravely against nature, but we have not been able to remove the bumps on the skiway. This means that the planes cannot land with as much cargo as planned. The two planes today arrived with a 1 hour interval. There was hectic ctivity in camp at this time.
2nd plane arrives
14 May 2008
Another plane arrives: a nail-biting experience
13 May 2008
Preparing for the plane to arrive
12 May 2008
All the buried pallets with cargo were pulled over to the cargo line, the deep holes in the snow left behind by the pallets were backfilled, and the flags marking the sites removed. At the end of the day, the camp looked tidier than ever. The whole flight operation areas for the Hercules planes: skyway (landing strip), taxi ways, and apron were groomed.
A nice day for cleaning up
11 May 2008
On this Whit Sunday we started a bit later than normal, but as weather was so beautiful we accomplished a lot. Gaël and Thomas spent all day working with shovels and the snow blower. Jim spent another day grooming the skiway, Sverrir maintained and repaired equipment and J.P. spent a day in the office (kitchen) writing reports and setting up the satellite link.
A camp is taking shape
10 May 2008
Everybody now feels much more acclimatized. People are sleeping well and the cold does not bite as much anymore. The process of making the camp ready to receive 5 flights next week is in good progress. Hard manual labour is still the way forward.
A fine day spent doing planned tasks.
9 May 2008
Today was warmer than the past two days, and as there was less wind, work outside was quite comfortable. The shovel was again the main tool. It takes a lot of shovelling to excavate a heavy sled with cargo.
We dig and receive the second plane at NEEM this year
8 May 2008
Arrival at NEEM
7 May 2008
After the attempt to fly into NEEM on Tuesday, the flight to NEEM today was successful. We departed Kangerlussuaq 8:25 onboard Skier 94, landed at NEEM 11:22, and at 11:52, the plane left us in camp with 5 shovels and a lot of snow.
Out and back
6 May 2008
Yet another day at the office
2 May 2008
From harbour to airport
1 May 2008
A big bird in town
28 April 2008
Our cargo from Copenhagen has arrived, and a US Air Force 105th Air National Guard C5 cargo airplane visited Kangerlussuaq Monday.
26 April 2008
Field office in Kangerlussuaq opened
24 April 2008
2009 field diaries
In 2009 the drilling continued and measurements on the ice core started. The drilling reached 1757.84 meters depth. Read the 2009 field diaries here.
2007 field diaries
In 2007 the researchers moved their equipment from the earlier drilling site NGRIP to the new drilling site NEEM. Read the 2007 field diaries here.