IceCon is a project funded by the Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and aims at constraining past and current mass changes of the Antarctic ice sheet in the coastal area of Dronning Maud Land, Antarctica.
It comprises 6 partners of several Belgian and foreign institutions, i.e. Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Royal Observatory of Belgium (ROB), University of Luxembourg (UL), Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), and Aberystwyth University (AU).
Today Sanne led a Team around Nicolas Bergeot towards the Net Nunten mountain, which is situated between the Princess Elisabeth Station and the cold Antarctic Plateau. This station was difficult to maintain in the past because of the extremally harsh conditions (strong winds + low temperatures) and we were pleased to find that the station was operational until October 2015 before it entered into the same stand-by mode as we already observed at Asuka station. With two down, there is still one GPS to go, which is situated at the coast on top of Derwael Ice Rise. This station will be dismanteld, and we plan an organ-transplant so that Yet Nunten makes it through another year.
The support of the station is great and today testing of our lower frequency radar was successfull. Our envisaged date of departure from the station to the coast is Wednesday.