What makes an ice researcher frustrated?

Indeed, I have been so frustrated the last days! My last fieldwork season at Jan Mayen ended THE DAY BEFORE this  eruption! It would have been so nice to measure in real time the chemistry of the snow after such an event, then in the future I could have measure the corresponding layer again and see how the chemistry has changed when the snow gets deeper or when water percolates..

When a lovely sulfuric acid cloud from a wonderful Icelandic volcano is gently spreading all over the Arctic, I am sitting here in my office instead of being sampling Svalbard’ snow such as the last 3 springs!

I think this illustrates perfectly that the mood of a scientist is a perpetual roller coaster.

One good point that calms me down a bit is that there won’t be any flight over Northern Europe for a couple of days/weeks. This (+ a big amount of aerosols in the high atmosphere) is all good for “global cooling”.

I hope there will be more volcanic eruptions in the future when (and not where) I am on the field!

But I guess I shouldn’t complain too much, my samples from the expedition have safely arrived to Rovaniemi and I immediately placed them in the laboratory freezer (-22C). Soon I could cut them into smaller pieces and finally proceed to the measurements!

PS The volcano on Jan Mayen, Beerenberg has erupted six times between 1732 and 1985. All of these eruptions were on flank vents and produced lava flows and scoria cones. The most recent eruption was in 1985.

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