Buoys On Ice

The ice tracker project uses inexpensive ice drifters to track sea ice motion or oil spills. Jeremy Kasper and Andy Mahoney deploy and test ice tracker buoys in this video by Frontier Scientists.

Sea Ice Buoys Testing Tracking Ice Oil Spills

“The motivation behind the ice tracker project was to basically test or verify that these very inexpensive ice drifters would be able to accurately track ice motion.” ~Jeremy Kasper

Scientists Jeremy Kasper and Andy Mahoney worked offshore from Barrow, Alaska, to drop buoys from the air and place them on ice with the aid of seasoned helicopter pilot Lambert De Gavere. The buoys can track sea ice motion and serve in the event of an oil spill. Trackers are useful because sea ice moves in ways that we still can’t fully predict.

Sea Ice Buoys Testing Tracking Ice Oil Spills

Buoys On Ice video | FrontierScientists

Bounceable buoys – tracking sea ice and oil spills

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Sea Ice

Sea Ice

Sea Ice — Fast-changing sea ice thickness and extent help define conditions for the Arctic, and for global climate. Geophysicist Andy Mahoney, University Alaska Fairbanks, other scientists and local residents describe new ways of looking at sea ice... Read More >