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Taking Scientific Measurements151 viewsOne of the primary purposes of the drifting stations was to collect all possible meteorological data while on the ice floe. This involved installing, calibrating, and maintaining the instruments. Here, researcher German Maximov conducts a routine calibration of a pyranometer (in the large tube). Image credit: EWG.
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Taking Scientific Measurements125 viewsGerman Maximov collecting the measurement of direct solar radiation. Image credit: EWG.
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Taking Scientific Measurements127 viewsNot all measurements required venturing outside. Aerologists Makurin and Ippolitov recording radio-sounding data at NP-16 in 1968. Image credit: EWG.
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Taking Scientific Measurements127 viewsA lone station member taking snow line (snow survey) measurements. Image credit: EWG.
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Taking Scientific Measurements121 viewsDetermining instrument location by theodolite. A theodolite is a high-precision surveying instrument. Because the ice floes rotated and changed in topography as they drifted, undergoing freezing and thawing, station members needed to regularly determine the position of the instruments relative to each other and to North. Image credit: EWG.
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Taking Scientific Measurements123 viewsTwo station members traverse the snow survey line measuring snow density by weight. Image credit: EWG.
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565 viewsResearchers discuss plans during the 2009 SnowNet project.
From left to right:
Matthew Sturm, Drew Slater, and Sveta Berezovskaya
Image courtesy Mark Serreze, NSIDC.
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622 viewsResearchers start to dig a snow pit.

From left to right:
Drew Slater,Matthew Sturm, and Steph Saari
Image courtesy Mark Serreze, NSIDC.
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585 viewsMark Serreze digs a deep snow pit.
Image courtesy Mark Serreze, NSIDC.
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528 viewsDrew takes a turn in the pit.
Image courtesy Mark Serreze, NSIDC.
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614 viewsThe snow pit looks deep when you're standing at the bottom.
Image courtesy Mark Serreze, NSIDC.
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749 viewsMatthew & Drew work the monster snow pit.
Image courtesy Mark Serreze, NSIDC.
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