We have reached the Gulf of Bothnica, and performed the first trials with success. Bonus: Nice weather!
My PhD takes me offshore to the Arctic yet again. This time, the adventures will take place North in the Baltic Sea on vessel Magne Viking.
I look back at 2016 and remember some of the great experiences, moments and travels!
The reason for me being on the Arctic Ocean 2016 research cruise is primarily to gather data for my PhD research work. I have promised a post about my work, so let me tell you a bit about what I am doing. I started my PhD at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) … Continue reading About my work: Reducing the impact from sea ice on marine operations in the Arctic
During the Arctic Ocean 2016 research cruise, we have been dredging to collect samples of rocks from the bedrock. Studying these rocks allow scientists to get a better view of the origin of the seafloor and the transportation of rocks and gravel. Furthermore, the data is essential for determining if certain seafloor features are an … Continue reading Dredging: Dragging along the seabed to collect rocks
I got to help the meteorology work package with launching a weather balloon! We launch four of these each day. The balloons are filled with helium and attached to a sensor that records the pressure, humidity and temperature in the atmosphere on their way up. In addition, the sensor has GPS, and therefore the wind … Continue reading Photo of the day: Balloon launch
There are many scientists from different fields of research on Oden during Arctic Ocean 2016. One benefit of being on the cruise (except getting to collect your own data, of course), is getting to know them and learning about their work. We attended a tour in the lab of the sediment coring group. Grace Shephard … Continue reading Coring: Sampling sediments from the seafloor
The last week or so we have been doing bathymetric mapping surveys of the seabed in an area more west, close to Canada. We transited from the pole further south, to around 82°N 142°W, for these surveys. Transiting 7° south may not sound like much, but it is approximately 780 km (I wrote about the … Continue reading Time zones on the top of the world
Sailing in a straight line through the open sea is easy. Sailing in a straight line in meters-thick ice is not so straight forwards. The officer steering an icebreaker have to find the best way through the ice. The best way depend on many factors, such as ice thickness, concentration and floe sizes. The quickest … Continue reading Icebreaking: Not so straight forwards
Local time: 2016-08-30 21:19 Position: 82° 34.80'N 138° 19.34'W Heading: 160° Speed: 2.5 knots Water depth: 3337 m Wind speed: 11.3 m/s Air temperature: -0.75°C Feels like (wind chill): -7.96°C Sea temperature: -1.5°C Monday was day 22 out of 44, so now we are over half way in the expedition. Time flies! At the time … Continue reading Halfway through!