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Arctic Methane: Flight Friday 16th PM

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The red team, trying to look natural, L-R: Michelle, John, Keith, with the blue team infiltrator Grant on the far right. (Photo credit: Nicola Warwick/Michelle Cain.)

The red team, trying to look natural, L-R: Michelle, John, Keith, with the blue team infiltrator Grant on the far right. (Photo credit: Nicola Warwick/Michelle Cain.)

We followed exactly the same flight path as this morning’s flight. Credit to the amazing (auto) pilots! Like the earlier flight, we also saw gradual changes in the methane concentration as we traversed east to went and north to south. With the low wind speeds we were in, we should be able to get a good picture of how much methane was coming out from the ground in the region we flew over.

This morning, I and the rest of the red team (Keith Bower and John Pyle) are planning tomorrow’s flights, and checking up on the current weather for the blue (or azure to some) team, who are flying right now! They have seen some high methane concentrations, which is great, but they have a few people on board feeling unwell, who won’t be able to fly this afternoon. Such is our dedication to getting good measurements that we will fly low and bumpy (and so the seatbelt signs are on and we can’t get up) without any comfort breaks if the methane demands it! I’ll definitely be taking a pre-emptive Kwells this afternoon…

Previously in this series:

Arctic Methane: Hello and welcome to the MAMM blog

Arctic methane: What’s the story?

Methane and Mosquitoes – Blogging Bogs

Arctic Methane: Mr Blue Sky

Arctic Methane: And in the blue corner…

Arctic Methane: Transiting to Kiruna

Arctic Methane: First science flight

Arctic Methane: A night in Stordalen wetland, Abisko

Arctic Methane: Flight Friday 16th AM

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