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Finally at Sea

ABOARD THE USCGC POLAR SEA, ON THE BEAUFORT SEA-- After writing the last dispatch, I had a nearly sleepless night in Barrow because I was so worried about all the details involved with getting all the gear and people onto the ship the next day... {Read More »}



Wrapping Up

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- Our project is just about over. We flew our last two flights on Sunday and are scheduled to fly back to New Zealand on Wednesday. Of course, the weather here will have… {Read More »}



Organization, Organization, Organization

BARROW, ALASKA-- It is 1am mountain time, which my body still seems to be on, but about 11pm here in Barrow. I arrived... {Read More »}



First UAV Flight in East Antarctica

HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE-- Andreas Tollefsen of Norut (Northern Research Institute) in Norway, was in charge of flying the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) we had along with us on the traverse. The UAV carried a payload of... {Read More »}



Summer Days Are Over

LARAMIE, WYOMING-- Shortly after my last posting, I received a phone call on a Tuesday evening from my collaborators who are based in Anchorage, Alaska. One of the bears which we sampled last May had been active near the town of Kaktovik, on the Arctic coast... {Read More »}



First Look

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- We’ve completed our second successful science flight to Terra Nova Bay Friday night into Saturday morning. This was a 16.5 hour flight that covered a distance of a bit over 1300 km… {Read More »}



WinFly

MOSS LANDING, CALIFORNIA-- To introduce you to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, let’s get right into the jargon. There are abbreviations and acronyms for everything, and the new language adds to the disorientation of being in a new, strange, and extreme place... {Read More »}



Terra Nova Bay or Bust

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- It has been a slow, and sometimes frustrating, effort to get our first successful science flight of the project, but we did succeed last night... {Read More »}



Visitors on the Antarctic Plateau

HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE-- In the middle of our traverse, we had the rather surreal experience of being visited by a French film crew making a documentary about research work in Antarctica. The crew flew in on a Basler... {Read More »}



Meet SCINI

MOSS LANDING, CALIFORNIA-- Last austral summer, SCINI engineer (also my husband) Bob Zook and I met up with the Exploratorium's Ice Stories team at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, for a live webcast about the SCINI project... {Read More »}