20 September 2014, by Dan Wolfe: Yesterday we has some scientists from the German icebreaker, Polarstern, fly over in their helicopter to the Oden. I told you there was more going on up here than one would imagine. I heard about the visit over breakfast from one of our scientists who is from Germany, has… Read More

2 September 2014, by Dan Wolfe: Before we get to the science, I’d like to tell you about my experience today. There have been several polar bear sitings on our leg, but unfortunately they were either too far away, or I failed to get word so I could go out on deck. This afternoon as… Read More

29 August 2014, by Dan Wolfe: Meet the Boundary-Layer Meteorological Team for Leg 2 of the Arctic Cloud in Summer Experiment-2014 cruise. In the very front we have Ola Persson. From left to right behind Ola we have Barbara Brooks, Dan Wolfe, Georgia Sotiropoulou, and John Pyrthrech. Ola Persson: “Private Swedish Food and Culture Guide”… Read More

27 August 2014, by Dan Wolfe: Here is a quick overview of the Oden. As you can see from this scale model, and if you Googled the Oden online, it is a very unique looking ship. I have been on a number of icebreakers during my career, and I’d have to say this is the… Read More

As goodbyes were being said on the Oden to Paul and Matt, arriving on the scene to take their place for Leg 2 of the expedition were Ola Persson and Dan Wolfe. The journey continues…heading from Alaska back to Norway with an expected arrival of October 4th. 19 August 2014, by Dan Wolfe: We arrived in Barrow, AK yesterday,… Read More

20 August 2014, by Paul Johnston: We arrived and anchored about 3 miles offshore of Barrow Monday afternoon. Tuesday, we spent training our replacements and doing last minute goodbyes, cleaning, and packing. Today, Wednesday, we were transported by small boat to the old Naval Arctic Research Laboratory (NARL) facility. NARL is now the Ukpegvik Inupiat Corporation (UIC) Science Center, a… Read More

11 Aug 2014, by Matt Shupe [73N, 178E]:  Bar none, this has been my most spectacular day in the Arctic. It started with the fantastic colors, sun, and moon that I wrote about in the last post. Already that qualified it as “one of” my most spectacular days. Over the course of the day I… Read More

10 Aug 2014, by Matt Shupe [73N, 176E]:   There are those days that the Earth glows in magnificent splendor.  Today is that kind of day.  The sun dipping down into the horizon for the first time in weeks, but not going the whole way under before heading back upwards.  The largest full moon of… Read More

8 Aug 2014, M. Shupe [76N, 176E]:    Finally a photo of our “Boundary Layer Meteorology” team. This was taken at a little party on the bow to celebrate two events:  A birthday and the successful completion of the primary mission for this leg. I think this might be a time of some relief for… Read More

8 Aug 2014, by Matt Shupe [76N, 176E]:  OK, maybe that title is a bit extreme, but this recent event really does mean the end for much of the ice in this region. Our measurements over the past days have documented this amazing blob of warm, moist air overhead that advected into the East Siberian… Read More