In August 2004 researchers from WHOI and Johns Hopkins investigated the origin and structure of the East Greenland Coastal Current. Pack-ice and icebergs make the area difficult to sample, but it is important to understand the dynamics of the current since it will likely play an important role in the spreading of freshwater from melting glaciers and Arctic sea ice. The 2004 expedition was the first high-resolution survey of the coastal current and was carried out on the RSS James Clark Ross, an icebreaker operated by the British Antarctic Survey. Here a conductivity/temperature/depth (CTD) rosette is lowered into the current. Prior to the cast the ship was maneuvered to create an open water "pond" for the rosette.
(photo by Bob Pickart, WHOI)