CLIMB - News
RMI is maintaining a blog where the activities around its polar research can be followed: blog
26 April 2021
On Friday 23 April, our last cargo arrived :-) Besides the samples for the CHASE project, also the INP samples arrived safely. and snow samples. They arrived by sea cargo with a cooled (-25°C) container and we unloaded the container at the ULB. All the samples are now in the freezers of ULB and Ghent University.
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.
08 December 2020
Most of the instrumentation is now up and running. The active sampling for organics and inorganics and for ice nuclei particles has been started. The team did also an exploration of the potential sites where to install the mountaineous instrumentation for CLIMB.
03 December 2020
It is now already one week that Princess Elisabeth station is open again. Our scientists Preben and Alexis have installed already several instruments. The Space Aeronomy institute has started twittering on it, see here.
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 the CLIMB project, 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 of the CHASE project, updates on the expedition will be posted.