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Polar Research


A rare mission north

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star enters the winter pack ice

Serendipitous science mission aboard the Polar Star provides “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity to collect critical ocean data below the ice

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Icebergs Drifting from Canada to Southern Florida

Eco

Using high resolution seafloor mapping, radiocarbon dating and a new iceberg model, the team analyzed about 700 iceberg scours (“plow marks” on the seafloor left behind by the bottom parts of icebergs dragging through marine sediment) from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to the Florida Keys.

The ocean science-art connection

Some of the most complex insights in marine science are no match for the communicative power of art. Check out these five recent collaborations between ocean scientists and artists

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From north to south pole, climate scientists grapple with pandemic disruptions

PBS NewsHour
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Carin Ashjian, a biological oceanographer at WHOI who studies the impact of climate on ecology, was also on the ship then and remembers that “there were a lot of mixed feelings” when news of the pandemic hit them in March. She described how they were both worried about the safety of people back home, while feeling relief that they were protected from the virus by their geographic isolation.

NOAA Live! Webinar: Sea Ice

Becki Heim, NOAA’s National Weather Service, AK Sponsored by: NOAA and Woods Hole Sea Grant This will be held virtually.…

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Breaking the ice on melting and freezing

Phys.org

“Ice deforms as it melts,” said WHOI physical oceanographer Claudia Cenedese, who has worked with Hester on the project. “It makes these very weird shapes, especially on the bottom, like the way the wind shapes a mountain on a longer time scale.”