Arctic Science: The Beluga project
7 adult guys with a silly car playing with a big balloon in the Arctic. Arctic science on its best. And that’s what I love about Ny-Alesund: the randomness and weirdness of the activities going on here. All for the science. 😎
A more serious note: This balloon called Beluga by the Institute of Tropospheric research in Leipzig (TROPOS) can ascend up to around 1500 m. The balloon itself measures nothing, but the instruments that can be attached to the balloon do. Those different instruments can measure relevant parameters related to turbulence, radiation, clouds and aerosols. Everything to understand the processes in the sky better and to make the predictions of further climate change better and more accurate.