Weather Ballons

Weather Ballons

January 17, 2020

Through the years, a discrepancy between observed changes in the extent of the Arctic sea ice cover and the climate model predictions has been observed. To better understand how much heat flux increases from the ocean to the atmosphere and how it influences the melting of sea ice in the Arctic region, different sampling equipment are deployed by ArcticNet teams onboard the CCGS Amundsen. One of them, definitely the most aesthetic one, is the weather balloon.

Weather balloons are used to profile low-pressure systems, cyclones, and periods of significant warm or cold-air advection aloft.

It sure gives this sunset a little «je ne sais quoi»!

Photo credit: @Lauren Candlish