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Our Journey

Welcome aboard! Below, you can explore all the stories from our expedition. The highlights tab is our selection of all the best bits, but you can also sort by media type to check out all Dallas’ dispatches or see all the photos and other media.

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DISPATCH: A sign beside the post office door in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen reads: “Please leave your rifles outside.” It isn’t directed at hunters but at hikers and skiers ...

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PODCAST: When you think about the Arctic what do you see? Maybe vast landscapes of ice...

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GALLERY: Our arrival in Longyearbyen Svalbard

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VIDEO: We're gearing up for our 20 day expedition to the Arctic aboard R/V Lance....

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GALLERY: Underway aboard Lance close aboard the northwest coast of Svalbard

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GALLERY: Moorings. Our main task is to pick up moorings from the depths. This is how we do it.

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DISPATCH: We met Lance at 0900 on Friday September 13th at her berth in Longyearbyen, found our cabins, stowed our personal gear, while in spitting rain and chill wind, the deck guys off loaded the equipment from the previous cruise and began to load ours. Long Norwegian vowels and much laughter—this seems a happy ship. ...

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DISPATCH: An enthusiastic amateur, I like hearing the scientists aboard this vessel talk about ADCPs, CTDs, anti-cyclonic gyres, the Meridional Overturning Circulation, boundary currents, potential vorticity, and stratification. I’ve not been to sea for six months, and I’ve missed “oceanography speak.” ...

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DISPATCH: “So how was your cruise?” “Oh, uneventful.” That’s what oceanographers (and mariners) hope for. Routine. Eventless. Maybe even a bit boring. Today was anything but...

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DISPATCH: It’s an exquisite day up here a tick south of 82° N, dead-flat seas, bright sun and azure sky after days thick o’ fog. If you didn’t know better, if you...

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GALLERY: Our mission. Only through the collaboration of six institutions and the ship's crew is the science aboard the lance possible.

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GALLERY: Deckbox breakdown. Things don’t always run smoothly. On our first day we run into problems…

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GALLERY: Life Aboard! A flavour of day to day life

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PODCAST: This time last year, oceanographer Bob Pickart was here in the Arctic dropping off instruments...

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Dan Torres shows us how much fun you can have...

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A map of the Arctic...

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GALLERY: Arctic Skies. There is something magical to the light in the north.

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VIDEO: The team aboard the R/V Lance are high in the Arctic Ocean...

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DISPATCH: It’s Saturday, I think, not that it much matters, since at sea days and times aren’t reckoned in the same way as ashore. ...

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DISPATCH: MicroCats, MMPs with ACMs, hardhat floats, a dual ORE acoustic release, both a Workhorse and Longranger ADCP, and a 17’ Benthos XT-6000. Those are a few of the tools ...

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DISPATCH: I like to think of these Arctic oceanographic cruises as exploration. What we’re doing is different in every physical sense from the grueling, perilous, scurvy-ridden ...

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The Team...

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GALLERY: The CTD. What is this device? And how do we use it?

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GALLERY: Arctic Chemisty. It has never been more important to study the chemisty of the Arctic Ocean. Christian is Aboard making these measurments.

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After many CTD casts in a line, we can graphically map the measurements we have made

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DISPATCH: It snowed last night, and it’s cold and slippery on deck. The mooring ops complete, Lance is quiet, hardly anyone topside. In several days, we’ll head for Tromsø, her homeport, a three-day steam from our present position. ...

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GALLERY: Sigrid and her plankton net

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GALLERY: The Team

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GALLERY: The Tools. Oceanography just wouldn't be possible without a wide range of specialised tools

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GALLERY: Whales!

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VIDEO: We're going after moorings in the Arctic Ocean...

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GALLERY: Some shots of the ever present fulmars amoungst others

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GALLERY: Inbound. Time to bring this expedition to a close with some beautiful sights of land on our way to Tromso

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If you find a WHOI buoy washed up...

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DISPATCH: Captain Iversen’s voice on the intercom during breakfast: “Hallo, kan noen i messa fortelle at vi ser hval rett forut for Lance?”...

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DISPATCH: The mountains, islands, and headlands on the north coast of Norway hove into sight at 0930 Monday, the last day of September, 2013....

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VIDEO: The main hive of activity inside the bow labs...

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VIDEO: As we set sail on out expedition to the high Arctic Ocean we come close aboard a fjord...

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