Today I got word from John Woods, the logistics lead, that we have a solid diverse team and dates set for our April expedition; the Utqiaġvik Buoy Exercise 2020 for The International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP)
What a Team!
There is a real strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education focus within this team. It will be really neat to work together and learn from each other.
The Utqiaġvik Buoy Exercise 2020 April Schedule
If you look at this schedule (below) closely you'll be overwhelmed by the acronym alphabet soup; yet I bet you can figure out most of it by deduction.
The basics are that we're meeting in Anchorage, Alaska on April 2th and completing the exercise on April 10th. I hope to stay in Anchorage longer to visit friends and celebrate Easter there this year. And, with this new finalized schedule, I'll now be able to also be home to celebrate grandma's 100th birthday in Missouri.
This is becoming real and I'm getting rather excited. Putting faces to names and learning a bit about the members of the team give this project the relational piece; more than maps and data.
I'm so curious about so much. I've been finding books to learn more about the Arctic at our public library. I'm excited to read Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez and the Naturalist Guide to the Arctic by E. C. Pielou (a female biologist) in the coming month.
Next thing to do: secure insulated work overalls (carhartt style), insulated leather work mittens, and familiarize myself on a few resources:
Sounds like there WILL also be a summer expedition I will be joining. Stay tuned.
December 23 – “Hello…, yes I’m sitting on a plane in Dallas. Just landed. Turned on my smartphone and it immediately began ringing. I’m excited to talk to you...”
Although I was sitting on a completely full plane of Christmas travelers, I chose to answer as it was a number from Alaska I had seen a couple weeks prior and was excited to hear from them. Yet it was curious if Santa was calling me from the North Pole?
It was a call to invite me to participate in a 2020 PolarTREC expedition in the coming months. I was selected from over 200 applicants through a rigorous application and interview process to join Arctic researchers from the U.S. Navy and University of Washington who work on the International Arctic Buoy Programme. An opportunity of a lifetime, to go to the Arctic with a science research team. They even mentioned during the interview the possibility of going to the North Pole! I accepted even though it means missing my grandmother’s 100th birthday during the same week of April.
I’m so excited, I’ve been telling nearly everyone I see that I’m headed to the Arctic for at least a week, most likely longer (hopefully). As it has been winter holiday break for nearly everyone involved, I have not yet received any further information or details. So instead of waiting I’ve been researching what I can:
I can’t wait to share more as I learn more in the coming weeks; especially how to correctly pronounce Utqiagvik.