Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

Moving the Mobile Science Facility

The construction team at Summit Station, Greenland, has been super busy over the last couple weeks with preparations in anticipation of the incoming science groups. One of the big projects has been relocation of the Mobile Science Facility (MSF) which currently houses the U.S. National Science Foundation-funded ICECAPS project (PI, Von Walden, U Idaho). The construction team and heavy equipment operators had to excavate the structure, free the iced in skis, and drag it to its new location about 80 meters away. This move will occur annually to minimize drifting and keep the structure above the snow surface. The researchers were on site to ensure that all the instrumentation was properly shut down, secured, and powered up at the new location. 

Here are a few pictures of the process (all courtesy of Ryan Neely)–Katrine Gorham, PFS/CPS 

Excavating the MSF which was partially buried by drifting snow after a winter of high winds and stormy conditions.

Hitching up the MSF to drag it to its new location.

ICECAPS research team working on instruments inside the MSF to secure them for the move.

The Mobile Science Facility is mobile!

Done! The MSF is now seated at its new location. The next move will happen in 2012.

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