8 Aug 2014, M. Shupe [76N, 176E]:
Finally a photo of our “Boundary Layer Meteorology” team. This was taken at a little party on the bow to celebrate two events: A birthday and the successful completion of the primary mission for this leg. I think this might be a time of some relief for those that have been working shifts and dealing with intensive sampling at all hours of the day. For us, it doesn’t change much as our instruments just keep running 24-7 (hopefully!). So the team: in the center is Michael Tjernström from Stockholm University. He’s the team leader, and our connection with the expedition in the first place, as it is largely led by investigators from Stockholm. Michael has been launching most of the weather balloons and keeping track of some meteorology and radiation sensors. And he¹s been doing a great job of daily forecasts! Flanking Michael are Ian Brooks and his post-doc Dom Salisbury from the University of Leeds. They have a lot of instruments on board: a few remote sensors for profiling the atmosphere and a bunch of sensors on a tower on the very front of the ship that measure fluxes of energy and moisture. Ian’s wife Barbara is coming on board when we rotate off in Barrow. They are a science power couple (who unfortunately do not get to see each other that often!). And flanking the team are Paul and I from the University of Colorado. Michael, Ian, Paul, and I were all on the ASCOS experiment together on this same ship back in 2008. That familiarity has served us well and led to a very successful mission thus far.