Report from CHINARE 2018 cruise

The 9th Chinese National Arctic Research Expedition is currently ongoing north of Chukchi Sea in the Arctic Ocean. Various unmanned instruments have been deployed. Two novel Atmosphere-Sea-ice-Ocean (ASO) unmanned stations developed by Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) have been, for the first time, deployed on the Arctic drift ice floes. The ASO platform is designed to monitor air-sea-ice-ocean coupled system and their mass and energy balance. Additionally, a number of sea ice mass balance buoys, weather stations, sea ice drifters have been deployed to cover larger areas of the Arctic in the Canadian Basin and Alpha Ridge.
CHINARE2018 is fully funded by the Chinese Ministry of Natural Resources. The sea ice field observations were led by the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) and National Marine Environmental Forecasting Centre (NMEFC). PRIC and NMEFC are official non-EC partners of INTAROS project. Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) has been collaborate closely with PRIC and NMEFC on monitoring of sea ice mass balance. A few INTAROS sea ice mass balance buoy have been deployed during CHINARE2018 expedition.

Contact persons: Lei Ruibo, PRIC ( and Bin Cheng (

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 09:00
Chukchi Sea