Understanding the Arctic as a System

August 11-12- They’re off!

August 11 We are on our way to Arkhangelsk, Russia! Yay! The water has a calm, blue-green glacial hue with a few small white caps. What does one do while at sea for two days and scientific research has not begun? The mooring technicians are kept busy with final repairs to the A-frame and checking…

August 9- Kirkenes

After an anticipated departure of Thursday evening (August 9) we were unable to leave due to the rainy weather that kept us from loading our equipment. There are three pieces of equipment that are crucial for deploying the scientific moorings- the A-frame, winch and capstan. All three pieces are welded on to the helo (helicopter)…

Alaska teacher to join international Arctic research expedition

Oceanographers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center embark this week for a 55-day research expedition in the eastern Arctic Ocean. This year, Fairbanks elementary school teacher Moira O’Malley will join the team.   “I am ecstatic about this opportunity,” O’Malley said.   O’Malley will write a daily blog, providing updates that are…

August 8- The journey begins

Wow! After much anticipation, my dream is closer to becoming a reality. I arrived in Kirkenes, Norway on August 6 with Dean Stockwell, a scientist from Fairbanks, Alaska. We were greeted by Rob Rember, our co-chief scientist. Shortly after checking into the waterfront Thon Hotel, we headed to the shipyard warehouse a short distance away.…

Greetings from the Far North!

The NABOS cruise will begin August 8 from Kirkenes, Norway and head for Arkhangelsk, Russia, gateway to the Russian Arctic Ocean and the Nansen & Amundsen Basins. This region has been the focus of monitoring by NABOS scientists since 2002.