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RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #3 - Is Anyone Out There?

        In this modern world of instant communications, cloud computing and Google answers to any question within a second, we find ourselves almost lost when part of the network fails us. We take for granted the ability to connect, to converse, to problem solve, to be aware of what is happening around the globe until we lose even the smallest piece of connectivity. In so many ways we are spoiled. And so it is onboard RV Mirai in the Chukchi Sea.

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #2 - An Accidental Medevac?

We had only just begun our research in the Bering Strait and into the Chukchi Sea Wednesday when word came up from the Chief Scientist that one of the researchers was suffering severe lower back pain.  After consultations it was decided that we should divert from our research program and transit immediately towards Point Barrow to discharge the patient ashore to obtain medical attention.  Though not an emergency it was important for the patient to get more advanced medical attention as soon as practicable.  Arriv

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #1 - Departure From Dutch Harbor

Japanese research vessel RV Mirai departed Dutch Harbor northbound for her annual Arctic research mission 31 September.  I am onboard once again as Ice Navigator to provide Captain Kan Matsuura and Chief Scientist Jun Inoue support in operating in and near ice.  We passed through the Bering Strait on the evening of 02 September and began dedicated observations with a CTD rosette cast off Little Diomede Island.

Canadian Guardians at the North Pole and Other Arctic Musings

I am in Dutch Harbor, AK as I write this, awaiting arrival of the research ship RV Mirai to board as Ice Navigator for another voyage of research in the Arctic Ocean.  We will depart for the Chukchi Sea the morning of the 31st of October on a mission primarily focused on meteorological data collection in an effort to get a better handle on how Polar Lows develop and progress.

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