Research is first in long term Arctic census
August 06, 2004
The scientists, some 15 American and 20 Russian, as well as Canadian and German researchers, will depart Nome on August 8, 2004, on a three-week collaborative journey of exploration and research in the Bering Sea and Chukchi Sea. The scientists will conduct an array of studies on the region's physical, chemical and biological oceanography.
The expedition is the first
in the Russian-American Long Term Census of the Arctic,
UAF researchers led by oceanographer Terry Whitledge from the Institute of Marine Science will examine fish distribution, water column and benthic biological exploration, nutrient and current fluxes, methane distribution, and seafloor processes.
Researchers will travel and live aboard the 71.6-meter (235-foot) research vessel Professor Khromov, operated by the Far East Hydrometeorological Institute in Vladivostok, Russia.
The expedition is the result of a 2003 Memorandum of Understanding for World Ocean and Polar Regions Studies between NOAA and the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Participating SFOS researchers, graduate students, and technicians include: Russ Hopcroft, Katrin Iken, Bodil Bluhm, Brenda Holladay, Sang Heon Lee, and Sarah Thornton.
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