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.