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12/19/2010, 10:23 PM by Lollie Garay
Sea ice and bergs: What  the NBP is likely seeing.<br/><br/>Credit: Lollie Garay(PolarTREC 2007)Courtesy of ARCUS
Sea ice and bergs: What the NBP is likely seeing.
Photo Credit: Lollie Garay(PolarTREC 2007)Courtesy of ARCUS

Dec 19

Somewhere in the Amundsen Sea

In answer to several submitted questions about what the ASPIRE Team is doing now, I can only say “I don’t know!”

I have not received any new information from Tish in several days. This could be due to several possibilities: 1. The work in the Amundsen has begun and everyone is really busy. 2. Internet is not working. It’s tricky sometimes to keep those lines of communication open. Even in the heat of summer in the Mid Atlantic, we lost the internet for several days and everyone on the ship was near panic ☺ Remember that the NBP is in a very remote part of the world right now. Having said all that, I expect we will hear from them very soon!

The NBP was due to meet the Swedish icebreaker Oden right about now in the sea ice. I checked onboard teacher Anne Marie Wotkyns’ PolarTREC journal today and her last post was on the 17th. She talks about the sea ice measurements that have begun since they arrived in the ice pack, but there is no mention of a ship transfer between the Oden and NBP yet. You can read her journals at www.polartrec.com (search for Anne Marie Wotkyns).

So why were the two ships meeting in the sea ice? Well, as good an icebreaker as the NBP is, the Oden is more capable in thick sea ice. The conditions of the seas this time of the year, and the attributes of the ice make it difficult to predict what the transit into the polynya will be like. Added to that, there are different teams on the Oden working on the dynamics of the sea ice to help us understand more about seasonal change. Working together, the two ships will support the success of the science for teams on each ship.

Check back for new updates as they occur :)









Keep checking back for an update ☺ Lollie

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  • What are Polynyas and why are they important to study?

    Polynyas, are recurring areas of seasonally open water surrounded by ice.

    Energy and material transfer between the atmosphere, polar surface ocean, and the deep sea in polynas provide polar ecosystems with just the right ingredients needed for high productivity and intense biogeochemical recycling.

    Polynyas may be the key to understanding the future of Polar Regions since their extent is expected to increase with anthropogenic warming.