Resolute, 2012, in transit

Fieldwork has its challenges which requires much patience, and in the Arctic one of those times is when you get weathered in. After doing eider surveys in Cape Dorset and Frobisher Bay I headed further north to do a short 3 weeks stint at Prince Leopold Island (PLI). To get to PLI you fly to Resolute, and then work with the crew at the Polar Continental Shelf Program (PCSP) to get to the smaller field camps.  I arrived in Resolute on Monday evening, with blue skies, midnight sunshine and miles and miles of view.

But, in the north things change rapidly, especially the weather. I was scheduled the next day to fly in a twin otter to PLI to change crews but the weather was not exactly cooperative.The next day was winds gusting to 50 km/h, thick fog, and snow.  Yes, snow. On July 24th it snowed here. So instead of flying to PLI, I am spending the next few days in Resolute, watching the weather and hoping that the sun will come out tomorrow, or at least the fog lifts and the winds die down.  So although once we get in the field we often work long days and nights, when working in the north I often find myself sitting around for days waiting for the weather to turn and planes to takeoff, which is why it is always a good idea to have some papers to read and data to enter while being on call for when the clouds clear.

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