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About the cover

This issue’s cover features an aerial image of the Aurora Australis at an ‘ice station’ in East Antarctica during the second Sea Ice Physics and Ecosystem eXperiment (SIPEX-II), which ran between September and November this year. A range of instruments, including a high resolution digital camera, were mounted on a ‘Squirrel’ helicopter and used to measure sea ice and snow cover thickness (see story on page 5). The image was supplied courtesy of Dr Jan Lieser and the Aerial Imaging Group.