Part Two – Observing the Atmosphere and Melt Ponds in the High Latitudes
(Annette Bombosch, right, and Alex Cowan, background, work with enthusiastic guests to make sea ice observations from the bridge of 50 let Pobedy.)
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.
(Alex Cowan captures video of inside a melt pond at the North Pole as Annette Bombosch calibrates a Castaway device, used for recording water temperature at various depths.)
There are many activities to fill our exciting day at the North Pole, including a hike, a BBQ and a Polar Plunge! However, the citizen science team takes advantage of being on the ice and gets their hands wet recording salinity and depth profiles of melt ponds.
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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