Air-supported field expeditions are still required in order to obtain all the information that we can from the deep Arctic. Those from recent years (e.g. AIDJEX, CEAREX) often have the same logistics concerns and require similar resources as the earliest ones. Relatively small, short duration ice camps employ manpower and supply resources more efficiently, but leave little time for data acquisition. However, when the ice camps are used as platforms to deploy other instruments to remain for extended durations, then these expeditions become more resource effective; especially when each instrument carries multiple sensors.
With this in mind, we have endeavored to develop an effective ice-ocean research platform that would provide the opportunity to understand the short (hourly and daily), seasonal and inter-annual rates of change in sea-ice and their relationship to local and regional meteorology, upper ocean physics, primary production and, finally, to the process and the rate of biogeochemical cycles in the Polar ocean. In order to be useful to all disciplines of the international scientific community, the gathered data must be transmitted in real time.