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McMurdo Sound, Antarctica
The ASPIRE Team/NBP are very close to McMurdo Station, if not there already. Email has been sketchy since they moved into the Ross Sea. They were due to rendezvous with the Oden at 8:00 Jan 14 , New Zealand time. Chief Tish wrote on the 13th : “We have moved to within one hour of NZ time and will gain that hour tonight and then lose a day tomorrow night. Crazy enough for you? “
According to my calculations, it is 8:20 PM Thursday in Houston and 3:20 PM FRIDAY in McMurdo. Hmmm…
Sharon Stammerjohn sent this great picture of Tish and the Jacob’s mooring team, Raul Guerro (l) and Povl Abrahamsen (r) taken right after the successful retrieval of BSR#12.
Sharon writes: “It was a very excellent note to end the mooring component on!. It should be noted that the mooring team has had 100% success with the retrieval of 3 of 3 'shallow' moorings. Unfortunately though, the deeper mooring retrievals attempted (3) were not so successful, despite all attempts, humanly possible, to bring them to the surface.” She describes Raul and Povl as “a huge asset to both the mooring program and to ASPIRE”.
The team is now totally focused on wrapping up the cruise and beginning the journey home. There is lots of work involved with “packing it up” and moving out of the ship.
I will continue to post updates and, more importantly, images from the final days of the cruise as soon as I can attain them from the ASPIRE Team!
Additionally I will soon upload links, resources, and videos to the Education section of this website. Please note that as a courtesy, we ask that you give due credit to the authors/photographers for any material used. If you have any resources that you would like to share, please send me the information through the Q & A on the website. I will continue to monitor this site.
The Yager Team and I hope to depart on Jan 23 for a 10-day sampling expedition to Barrow, Alaska as part of the ArcticNitro Project. You can soon follow that adventure at http://arcticnitro.org
Thank you again for your enthusiastic support of this expedition. Let’s wish all of our friends and family safe travels back home!
Question of the Day
- 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.