Taking drone photos from the sea ice

This article is part of the series “2023-06: Arctic Ocean cruise KPH”.

Yesterday night we started our first ice station on our research expedition. Today I was on the sea ice twice. Once just before lunch to calibrate the compass of the drone and then in the afternoon to really fly it.

After informing the bridge to deactivate the radar to avoid interferences I took 149 pictures in 80 metres height with the camera showing straight down. I had to switch batteries in the middle. The computer will need hours to stitch together the images. Only then I do know if I covered the whole ice station area or if there are “holes” – areas that I forgot. It’s not so easy when you fly a drone manually and do not have a lot of practise. In addition to that the ice is drifting and so the GPS positions constantly change.

I took some “normal” drone shots as well. The photo I just want to show here I took in the beginning to check if the manual exposure was correct. This photo is slightly edited but I hope that I do not have to edit all 149 photos for the stitched “orthophoto”. I’ll know later, either in the evening or tomorrow morning. Then I’ll write a bit more.

The next images show first some of the researchers and me – with the red helmet – in the foreground. The other image is a map that shows where we are right now.

More about the ice station in general and the drone flying in special you can find in the next article “AO2023 – the first ice station”.

2 comments to “Taking drone photos from the sea ice”

  1. Sylvia 2023-06-06 18:53

    Was für ein Abenteuer! Gibt es eigentlich Momente oder Gelegenheiten, wo man die Stille der Landschaft wahrnehmen kann? Oder rumpelt immer irgendwas?

  2. way-up-north 2023-06-06 18:56

    Mit den Augen hat man viel Zeit, die Stille wahrzunehmen. Die Ohren hören allerdings Eis brechen, Bohrmaschinen, ein Schneemobil, Kräne und vieles mehr. Aber ja, es ist wirklich ein Abenteuer, Silvia!

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