In September 2016 and August 2017, the research vessel Sikuliaq sailed into the Chukchi and Beaufort seas of the arctic. Scientists from Oregon State University and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science embarked on the expeditions to learn more about primary productivity and nitrogen fixation in the Arctic.
An excerpt from Oregon State University’s research magazine, Terra.
“The ship glides through the frigid stillness of the Arctic Ocean. On this September night, the Chukchi Sea off the northwest Alaska coast is a quiet, snow-globe world. A maze of ice sculptures screeches along the hull. Radio chatter mixes with banter between scientists and the gurgle of brewing coffee.
Laurie Juranek worriedly taps her long fingers on her thermos. Sea ice threatens her carefully laid plan to sample water from pre-determined spots. The map in front of her shows large swaths of ice directly over the ocean patches where she’d like to deploy equipment…”
Read the full piece online.
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