INTERNATIONAL ARCTIC RESEARCH CENTER — UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS

NABOS Teacher at Sea 2018

2018 NABOS Expedition blog

by Moira O'Malley, NABOS Teacher at Sea

September 28-30- Good bye! October 2, 2018 - September 28 This is our last day at sea before reaching Arkhangelsk. More Minke whales were spotted this morning. The end is near. Well, Mother Nature didn’t let us down. We had the roughest day and night of the whole cruise pretty much when we entered the Barents Sea. I was in the computer lab ...
September 27- goodbye, Ian (for the third time) September 27, 2018 - Today’s blog entry is dedicated to Mooring Team Leader Ian Waddington. Ian is retiring (for the third time!). He first retired in 2007 from his government job, and again in 2017, and now, 2018, supposedly for good. Where do I begin with such a huge personality? I suppose the first thing I should comment on ...
September 26- stable isotopes September 26, 2018 - We had a little bit of rough seas last night, but it is much calmer today. Packing and paperwork are consuming a lot of the expedition members’ time. Scientist Spotlight: Isotope Geochemist Georgi Laukert (GEOMAR). Just hearing the word isotope makes me wrinkle my eyebrows. I wasn’t familiar with the term isotope at all until ...
September 25- stormy weather September 25, 2018 - 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) September 24, 2018 - 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 23- ice is nice … and it’s getting darker September 23, 2018 - The further west we go, the longer it is staying dark. It is now dark between about 2:30 – 13:30 (1:30 am). There is cause for more celebration, NABOS and CATS completed their last CTD cast today. There were a total of 138 casts, ranging from 60 – 3,000 m (197 - 9,843 ft.) I ...
September 22- kitchen crew and shipboard amenities September 22, 2018 - The Bergy Bits are back, as well as periodic drift ice!  We are headed southwest back to Arkhangelsk, but going a different route, through Shokalskiy Strait, between Bolshevik and Oktyabrskoy Revolutzii (October Revolution) Islands. Shokalskiy Strait will lead us from the Laptev Sea to the Kara Sea. Time to meet some of the ship’s crew ...
September 20-21- a mooring ditty for the final recovery September 21, 2018 - September 20 Another exciting day! We woke up to snow this morning and the last mooring recovery for this cruise is scheduled for today. This mooring recovery was a little bit different from all of the rest. What started out during daylight in moderate weather, ended up in the dark with blustery wind and snow. ...
September 19- understanding mixing waters September 19, 2018 - Good morning! We are slowly headed southwest completing our transect. Our last mooring recovery will be tomorrow. On the September 5 blog entry, I explained that a station may include any of the following: Mooring recoveries and deployments Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (CTD) Underway, Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth (UCTD) Micro Structure Profiler (MSS) casts Bongo ...
September 18- shrinking Styrofoam cups September 18, 2018 - September 18 After a five-day break due to the ice stations, only a few CTD casts were done, but we are now back in full force. This afternoon’s (even though it is pitch black outside) cast had special cargo onboard- Styrofoam cups. Two hundred cups were decorated by Watershed School (Fairbanks, Alaska) students and staff, ...
September 16-17- ice measurements September 17, 2018 - September 16 We finished our last ice station with a ‘hop on’ (small station). Now we are heading southwest out of the ice. It is sad to be leaving the ice, but the open water has its own uniqueness-  the feeling of being on a ship with the lulling motion and the birds are back! ...
September 15- setting the Watershed boats afloat September 15, 2018 - We are staying in the same general area looking for and working on ice stations. An enormous heartfelt thank you to the Trans-Arctic Ice (TICE) team for letting me join them on the ice. This was definitely one of the highlights of the cruise so far. What made it exceptionally special was the deployment of ...
September 13-14- the ice station September 14, 2018 - 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 ...
September 11-12- standing on ice September 12, 2018 - September 11 There is always something exciting going on! I was asked what I do when I’m not working. I spend an awful lot of time on the aft helo and the bow fo’c’sle decks observing the ice and looking for wildlife. Now, I have been looking for polar bears. Last night, after helping with ...
September 10- Polar bear and lab work September 10, 2018 - A polar bear was spotted! I didn’t get to see it, but hopefully I will see one soon. The ice concentration is getting higher and we are breaking thicker pieces of ice. Scientist Spotlight: Chemical Oceanographer Matt Alkire, Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington. Matt is a member of the NABOS science team. The main ...