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26 April 2021

On Friday 23 April, our samples arrived finally. The snow samples, INP samples and samples for organic analyses arrived with a cooled container (-25°C) which was shipped to Belgium by sea. We unloaded as fast as possible the container at ULB and the samples are now stored in the freezers of Ghent University and ULB.

10 February 2021

In the meantime, Preben and Alexis are already safe back in Belgium. They managed to do all planned work. Installing the remote mountainous site, recuperating the filter samples from the plateau and from the coast; running the active filter sampling at the station and operating the installed instruments at PEA. Now, we are supervising via remote access the instruments and with the help of the remaining station staff, all is running well.

03 December 2020

In the meantime, the first week at the station is behind. Our scientists installed already several instruments and they also launched two radio soundings. On the images below, the soundings for 1 and 3 December can be seen. They are marked by very low temperatures below -70°C between 10 to 15 km altitude (tropopause and lower stratosphere region).

Sounding of 1 December 2020 at PEA
Sounding of 3 December at PEA

27 November 2020

The first team arrived yesterday evening at Princess Elisabeth station. We will keep you updated on the activities.

23 November 2020

A new summer season with a Belgian Antarctic Research expedition (BELARE) is about to start. Even during this period of Covid-19, Belgian researchers and station team members will stay at the Princess Elisabeth station. At the moment, the whole group stays in Cape Town, South Africa, in quarantine and will probably fly on 26 November to Antarctica. The specific measures taken by the expedition operator can be read on the station’s website, on which also the general activities at Princess Elisabeth station can be followed.
For the CHASE project Preben Van Overmeiren from Ghent University participates in this expedition, like last season. A colleague from IASB-BIRA, Alexis Merlaud, is also participating, mainly working on a new project (CLIMB), but also helping with the work for CHASE and the existing instrumentation of RMI, IASB-BIRA, KU Leuven, ULB and Ghent University. Both will stay until around 20 December at the station. On the ‘Belare20-21’ subpage, updates on the expedition will be posted. On the ‘Blogs’ subpage links to several further blogs can be found.

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