In addition to observing the sea ice, we have been working together with NASA to record data about the atmosphere, including the extent of cloud cover, cloud type, relative humidity and temperature. This data is inputted into NASA’s
These observations are timed to coincide with satellite overpasses which capture high-resolution imagery of cloud cover from above, and together with our record taken from sea level, provide a more comprehensive understanding of the makeup of clouds at a particular time.
By performing our sea ice observations at the same time as cloud observations, we provide valuable data that can help us understand the links between sea ice and cloud cover in this historically under-observed area, and the implications these links have for climate change.
A key part of our North Pole citizen science program is the active participation of our guests as data collectors, and we are thrilled when many choose to get involved. In addition to enjoying the trip of a lifetime to the North Pole, these guests have the chance to contribute to important and exciting research in an area very few are fortunate to see.
If you can join us aboard 50 let Pobedy in 2018, we hope your curiosity and interest in the polar environment lead you to become a citizen scientist!
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