Last evening, the undergraduate and graduate students of the Polaris Project presented the results of their research at the 5th Annual Polaris Project Symposium. To do this, we transformed the dining hall of Orbita into a conference center. Each of these 15 students presented their research for 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of questions and answers.
This was an outstanding experience for all to see how a scientific conference is held and the steps necessary to prepare for and give a presentation to a group of scientific peers. The researchers and science staff of the Northeast...
Yesterday, the Bering Sea once again became a stormy mess. The area where we were sampling, the SL line, was experiencing very high winds and seas. According to NOAA Alaskan Headquarters, we were operating in an area under a STORM WARNING with winds forecasted up to 65 knots and seas to 28 feet. After Science Station SL9 was scrubbed due to the weather, it was decided Healy would head for cover from the storm back in the ice. The ice has a dampening effect on the ocean swells. There were quite a few people not feeling so hot, luckily, I was NOT one of them!
Murphy's Law is a saying that says "What can go wrong, will go wrong." That was probably the theme for today. Today's plan was to test out all the equipment on the water, to give us all practice using the equipment and learning how to collect the data we will need to gather over the next few weeks.
We began the day getting the equipment moved down from our lab space to the dock where the boats are tied up. This was pretty amusing, as we have some really heavy equipment and we decided to get it down the ¼ mile or so by bicycle.
Finally, a week later, I present to you the materials from Dr. Alex Orsi's science talk. This might be the most technical entry of the journal, but it is also the most important as it presents preliminary results of the science being done aboard. It has more acronyms that I would like, so I ask you to be patient to the text and to read it a couple of times to fully understand the main idea from the cruise, which is spelled on the title.
Anne Marie, a PolarTREC teacher that finished her expedition two months ago along the very same waters we have been navigating, asked me a very...
Hi Everyone! I'm up in Fairbanks, Alaska for a week of professional development and training in the PolarTREC program. I applied for this amazing program last October, found out I was a finalist a few weeks ago, had a final interview by conference call last Tuesday, and found out that I had been selected on Tuesday night! (That was one of the best calls I've gotten in a while...) Four days later I was on a plane to Fairbanks and here I am, thilled to death to be a part of it all. This week there are 12 teachers along with me learning the ins and out of the program.