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ITP 8 Deployment Operations

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Kris Newhall augers a 2” hole through an icefloe to determine if it is the appropriate thickness for the deployment of ITP 8. Photo by Rick Krishfield.

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The only multiyear floe in the neighborhood. The selected icefloe for the ITP deployment stands out from the surrounding meager ice conditions. Photo by Rick Krishfield.

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Jim Dunn, Kris Newhall and Rick Krishfield pose with ITP 8 shortly after deployment (not knowing that they would visit the same icefloe two years later to recover the instrument).

A survey by helicopter was conducted on August 11, 2007 to choose an icefloe between 3 and 5 m thick for deploying ITP 8.  Extremely thin and loose ice conditions substantially limited the possibilities, but on the second landing, a suitable 3.49 m icefloe was found.  After 5 flights to deliver the deployment team, apparatus and buoy, the ITP was installed after a routine 2.5 hour deployment.  At the same, the icefloe was cored and surveyed by a team of scientists from UAF.

More information and photos on the deployment operation are also available at:  

Last updated: September 21, 2017

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