Thursday, April 09, 2009
More Tales of Competence by the Caitlin Survey
Here's the latest news:
After enduring ferocious weather, it has emerged that British explorers studying the Arctic are struggling with a series of technical problems.
A portable radar device, known as Sprite, designed to make millions of measurements of the ice thickness, has been dogged by breakdowns and uncertainties.
Another instrument, SeaCat, meant to measure the temperature and salinity of the water beneath the ice-cap, has malfunctioned as well.
This is on top of the malfunctioning medical telemetry equipment which is discussed in perhaps too much detail at Watts Up With That.
I knew there was something wrong with the radar when the leader reported drilling hundreds of holes in the ice.
By the way, I'm not the only one who doubts his findings of 1.5 to 2 meters. Check out this post. The Army buoys all show ice three to four meters thick, just as you would expect in early Spring. Wait, Army buoys? Shouldn't they be Navy buoys?
The only thing that would be worse for them now is to be eaten by a federally protected Polar Bear. It is illegal for non Inuit to molest in any way the sea mammals and that includes feeding them.
UPDATE: I got it wrong; the new name of the Caitlin Arctic Survey is Franklin Expedition--the Next Generation. Sorry, Kate.