What Are They Doing?

Deployment and recovery of moorings
Deployment and recovery of moorings
Research is carried out through the NABOS (Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System) program. The goal of this study is to develop a comprehensive and quantitative understanding of how the Eastern Eurasian Basin (EEB) functions as a switchgear, accumulating and releasing major Arctic riverine transports and redistributing ice and freshwater between the eastern and western Arctic in response to atmospheric and oceanic forcings. Three biennial cruises, planned for August-September, will take measurements between Franz Josef Land and the central East Siberian Sea, following a path that moves from shallow water to the deep sea. The sampling program connects observations using moorings, ship sampling, and drifters.

Where Are They?

Proposed scheme for observations in the eastern Eurasian Basin (EEB)
Proposed scheme for observations in the eastern Eurasian Basin (EEB) and Makarov Basin for 2019-2023
The expedition is ship-based. The science party will embark and disembark on the Russian scientific research vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov from Kirkenes, Norway. Sampling will take place between Franz Josef Land and the central East Siberian Sea.

Latest Journals

In my 9-22-21 Journal, I introduced some of the US scientists on the Chemistry Team. We are working closely with a group of Russian chemists as well. It has been great getting to know and work with them, and I am continually impressed by their ability to communicate in English about science topics…
In 1911, scientist Marie Curie won the 2nd of her Nobel prizes (her first was for developing the theory of radioactivity) for her work in discovering the radioactive elements polonium and radium. A little chemistry primer/refresher: Elements are pure substances made of only one kind of atom -…
In my 9-19-21 Journal - "A Tense Evening for Science," I wrote about moorings. These are a series of devices and instruments attached to an anchor and strung along a cable that will be under the surface for two years. Twice in the last 3 days/nights - it's really hard to tell the difference (I…
For some of us, a "Science Party" is a great experience - my department colleagues at Leyden High Schools have been known to get together for some good times (and we even invite "non-science" people) - but in the case of the expedition, the Science Party is the group of researchers, students, and…
Eastern Eurasian Basin
Project Funded Title
The Eastern Eurasian Basin as a Switchgear, Rerouting Fresh Water Between the Eastern and Western Arctic, in Response to Atmospheric and Oceanic Forcings
Jonathan Pazol - Educator
West Leyden High School

Jon Pazol has been teaching Biology, AP Biology, and other science courses at West Leyden High School in Northlake, IL for the past 30+ years. He is a true “science geek,” having engaged in research experiences on a polar icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean and in endocrinology, organic chemistry, field ecology, nanotechnology, and immunology. Since 2012 and his participation in the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program, he has been focused on incorporating global education into the science curriculum throughout the state and country with work on the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Northwestern University and master’s degrees in environmental studies from Bard College and educational administration from Northeastern Illinois University. He and his wife, Naomi, live in Northbrook and have two college-age children and a variety of pets.

Elena Sparrow - Researcher
University of Alaska

Elena Sparrow is an Education and outreach director/Research Professor at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Dr. Sparrow is an expert in teaching and learning, pedagogy and education, professional development, and soil microbiology.

Igor Polyakov - Researcher
University of Alaska

Igor Polyakov is a professor at the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. His high-latitude climate studies focus on polar amplification of global warming, long-term variability of the Arctic atmosphere, ice, and ocean, their interconnections, and linkages with the lower latitude processes. Dr. Polyakov is an expert in oceanography, multi-decadal variability, climate change, and the Arctic.

Michael Lundberg - Researcher
University of Alaska, Fairbanks

I’m currently a graduate student at IARC and the Department of Atmospheric Sciences, UAF. Working with NABOS data is a big part of my life these days. My academic background includes mechanical engineering (MS, NC State), math, and meteorology. Some of my work background has involved oilfield work, weather forecasting, computer programming, and a small amount of high school teaching. I’ve been living in Fairbanks, Alaska since 2017, after moving from North Carolina. People find it hard to tell that I’m from North Carolina because of my New Zealand or Australian accent.

Dolly More - Researcher
University of Alaska Fairbanks

I am Dolly More, and I am from Mumbai, India. I did my bachelor’s in physics from Mumbai University and masters in Atmospheric Sciences from Pune University. After graduating, I worked for ‘Metropolitan Air Quality and Weather Services’ (MAQWS) project, where I studied atmospheric pollutants of various Indian cities. I am currently a UAF graduate student. I am part of the NABOS project working with Igor Polyakov, and my research focuses on Arctic physical oceanography. Other than work, I enjoy hiking and sky-gazing.

Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System Resources

Jon Pazol teaches AP science in Leyden Township High School District 212, and is embarking on a polar expedition to study climate change. As extreme weather events continue around the world - from Hurricane Ida, to extreme drought, to massive flash floods - one local science teacher is traveling to the Siberian Arctic to observe the impact of climate change

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A profile of West Leyden High School teacher Jon Pazol for his PolarTREC expedition

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