I've been wondering about the social-political perspectives of the Arctic Ocean. I teach courses on public lands in the USA. I'm realizing how little I understand how oceans are managed administratively. So, I have looked into it and found this short video (watch below) that helps to explain the nuance and increasing complexity due to sea ice melting and navigation becoming easier. As you watch it, I'm curious to know what your new questions and curiosities are; please share a comment if you wish at the bottom of this page.
Engage with IABP AK Spring 22 Deployment Expedition
So Much Preparation
With only just over six weeks left before departing for Utqiaġvik, Alaska the to-do list is growing. As you know I am not only an assistant scientist with the IABP team, I am also the public relations officer for this IABP AK Spring 22 Deployment mission. So here are a few things I have been working on and still have to do.
Public Relations Officer Duties
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Rigor 1951762 Risk Assessment / Planning Call was yesterday. Our team participated in a call with risk management leaders from the NSF along with local community expert liaison from Utqiaġvik, Alaska. Now we are messaging back and forth to ask more questions. After realizing a bit more about just how remote we will be when flying the local SAR (search and rescue) helicopter out on the drift ice, approximately 50 miles from land to deploy environmental sensor buoys, I have asked for more training. Specifically I need to learn more about the following:
I have been thinking about the unforeseen advantages of having had to wait two years living through Covid-19 to be able to join the International Arctic Buoy Programme (IABP) science team on the Arctic Ocean sea ice. I was supposed to have deployed with them April 1, 2020 for nearly two weeks, and of course did not go due to stay-at-home orders.