Watching the Arctic Melt: Adventures in Polar Oceanography


A Symposium held on November,19th at the Massachesetts Institute of Technology

The top of the world is warming, and its ice cap is in retreat… 
What’s happening?  How do we know?  Why does it matter?

Arctic sea ice coverage hit a record low this past summer, with enormous implications for research, shipping, fishing, mining, oil production, geopolitics and global climate. Indeed this latest milestone in a decades-long trend of Arctic melting is a striking manifestation of accelerating climate change.

Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and MIT met recently to discuss what’s happening at the top of the world, how we know about it, and why it matters.


Robot Exploration – Bipolar and Proud of it
Hanumant Singh*
Applied Ocean Physics & Engineering Department, WHOI
*and a large supporting cast
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The WHOI Ice-Tethered Profiler: Argo of the Arctic
John Toole
Physical Oceanography Department, WHOI
with thanks to R. Krishfield, A. Proshutinsky,S. Laney, S. Cole, F. Thwaites & M.-L. Timmermans
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Please note the video on your right under Multimedia of  NOAA-PMEL buoys deployed together with other instrument systems (including Ice-Tethered Profilers) in an Ice-Based Observatory near the North Pole.  The video is composed of multiple still pix per day from deployment until the buoy was destroyed by convergent sea ice.


Arctic Ecosystems in a Changing Climate
Carin Ashjian
Biology Department, WHOI
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Building Ice-Capable Research ships: Adventures in Polar Oceanography

Richard F. Pittenger
Rear Admiral USN (Ret), WHOI
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