The field trial in 2002 was quite large, especially when compared to the three previous years. Eighteen of us arrived on 30 March, and a few more arrived later. Most of us stayed until 9 May; some stayed a little longer. The size of the camp (below) gives an indication that there were a lot of us. Most were from Halifax, but some were from Ottawa, and some were from the United States.
We cut a big hole for the Phantom ROV, and we used it to do several underwater experiments. In addition, the people from Ottawa worked on modifications to the 'Icepick', and we also did some long-range experiments on underwater acoustic modems.
We had our share of problems. First of all it looked as if we wouldn't be able to find a reasonably smooth and thin piece of ice to work on. To the casual eye the whole area looked like rolling, thick multi-year ice interspersed with crushed-up annual ice. Then a two-day storm kept us in our tents - when we weren't out trying to keep them from flying away. Then a pesky bear showed up and refused to leave. This slowed production for several days, and it caused some people to lose a lot of sleep.
However, we had no problems that we weren't able to circumvent, and everyone went away happy with lots of data - more (I am sure) than they could analyse.
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