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September 25- stormy weather

We are now in the Kara Sea headed southwest for Arkhangelsk trying to avoid an oncoming storm. The weather is blustery and the sea is rough. Everything we loaded and unpacked on the ship in Kirkenes is being packed to be ready for unloading. The rosette lab space is almost empty, and the hangar, my…

September 24- polar bears! (and walrus too)

We arrived and anchored in the bay at the Baranov Science Station yesterday during the dark at about 4:30 in the afternoon. When I was in my cabin I glanced out the window and saw a light and thought wow, it was a ship, the first one of the cruise. But, when I went up…

September 13-14- the ice station

September 13 Everyone is exhausted after the exciting big ice station that started at 9:00 pm last night and ended around 11:30 this morning. Twenty-five scientists and students participated in the ice activities, and two polar bear guards took turns standing watch. I would like to continue the conversation started yesterday by introducing the two…

August 14 – 15- Waiting in Arkhangelsk

August 14 Everyone is waiting. Russian customs is on the ship doing last minute inspections. During this lull, I thought I would take the opportunity to compare the Akademik Tryoshnikov to the Fram– the ship specially built to put to the test the polar drift-theory proposed by Norwegian explorer and scientist Fridtjof Nansen. Our 2018…

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 exciting, fun,…

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.…

IARC researcher receives presidential award

Elena Sparrow was recently honored with a U.S. presidential award for her excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics mentoring. Sparrow is a University of Alaska Fairbanks research professor and the education outreach director at the International Arctic Research Center. The award, which includes a $10,000 National Science Foundation grant, recognizes the important role mentors…

Arctic climate change: Alternative futures

While changes of sea ice and air temperature have received widespread media coverage, other changes in the cryosphere and the broader Arctic environment have been synthesized in recent assessment reports. A consistent pattern of change through the Arctic system has emerged. However, the future trajectory of the system is subject to various uncertainties, and human…

Congress holds maritime transportation in the Arctic hearing

International Arctic Research Center researcher and retired U.S. Coast Guard captain, Dr. Lawson Brigham, testified to Congress during the Maritime Transportation in the Arctic hearing this week. Brigham was called to testify on June 7 as part of the committee hearing addressing the United States’ lack of adequate infrastructure, research, and preparedness to accommodate increased maritime…

Arctic Field Summer School: student presentations

Join us for student presentations by the 2018 Arctic Field Summer School- Norway-Canada-USA collaboration.  When: Friday, June 8 Where: Akasofu 401 Presentation schedule 2:00 – 2:10 Introduction 2:10 – 2:30 Ingrid Olsen, Sofia Kjellman Estimating the response of lake ice breakup to lake depth using satellite observations and field measurements on Northern North Slope, Alaska 2:30…