To help meteorologists predict such weather events, the Arctic team will deploy an ice buoy
, a device that measures the Arctic's surface air temperature and pressure minute-by-minute.
Most of the sensors incorporated in the Zeno 3200 ice buoy are self-protected, but Coastal Environmental engineers and their counterparts at the University of Washington in Seattle joined forces to design a special temperature shield for the platform's temperature thermistor.
Other specialized types of sensors used with the Zeno 3200 ice buoy are electromagnetic ocean current measuring devices designed by InterOcean Systems Inc.
Freitag was watching on his laptop from the United States, and WHOI scientist Steve Jayne was on Banks Island, when the first signals from the ice buoys
deployed by Kemp and Koski reached them.
are also used to make observations, including SLP over sea ice in the polar regions.
Historic data from NASA aircraft, ice buoys
and former Soviet ice floe bases have been used to establish that snow has thinned on Arctic sea ice since the 1950s.
The crew deployed five experimental ice buoys
, each lasting the ice season without a discrepancy.
has been in the "buoyancy business" for nine years, making harbor buoys, ice buoys
, specialty buoys, all kinds of buoys.