RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #7 - Nobody Here But Us

        On the 17th of this month CCGS Amundsen passed close by as she continued her own Beaufort Sea research.

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #6 - Arctic Science Continues

We are just past the mid point in RV Mirai’s 2104 Arctic research voyage.  As of noon today 127 standard radiosondes have been launched since we departed Dutch Harbor on the 30th of August.  Seven of those also carried ozone sensors and another seven dedicated ozone sensor balloons.

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #5 - Weather Station Mirai

        In my first blog from RV Mirai during the 2014 voyage I wrote of the primary mission: the coordinated collection of meteorological observations from an international fleet of Arctic research ships and a number of Arctic shore observation stations.  We are now well into the coordinated observation period and have been at “Weather Station Mirai” at 74º45’N 162º00’W, about 225 nautical miles northwest of Point Barrow.  I find it interesting that my Coast Guard career began in 1979 as a deckhand onboard CCGS Vancouver, one of t

RV Mirai Arctic Mission 2014 Post #4 - Ignore the ice at your own peril

        Though RV Mirai is presently working an ice-free area of the Chukchi Sea, an area selected for just that reason, it is readily apparent that all around us ice continues to be a challenge to Arctic shipping. 


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