Crashing Waves

By Carin Ashjian for The Arctic Winter Cruise 2011 Another day, another storm.  The Bering Sea is relentless!  We managed to sneak in three stations yesterday afternoon and early this morning but then the weather deteriorated and our sampling operations were shut down again.  This time we were out in the open, far from the […]

Racing the Storm

By Carin Ashjian for The Arctic Winter Cruise 2011 We’re racing a storm across the Bering Sea, going 15 knots between stations to try to get as many done as possible before the storm catches us from behind.  Fifteen knots feels really fast, Healy shudders a little bit as she goes.  The wake is white […]

Into the Jaws of the Bering Sea

By Carin Ashjian for The Arctic Winter Cruise 2011 We are heading south towards Bering Strait and the Bering Sea beyond. As we go, we are moving through young ice, with smallish pancakes ahead of the ship. The ice lamps illuminate the pancakes. The ship rumbles as she plows through the loose pancakes, with a […]

Into the Ice

By Carin Ashjian for The Arctic Winter Cruise 2011 We are now, finally, in ice. The ship is shuddering along, not breaking ice but rather pushing floes of pancake ice aside. When occasionally we break into a lead of open water, the ship glides unfettered, seemingly not moving because there is no irregular bumping and […]

Marine research, Carin Ashjian’s account

Frontier Scientists presents a guest account of oceanic research aboard the USCG’s icebreaker Healy during the Arctic Winter Cruise 2011 by Carin Ashjian Cruise Overview Covered in sea ice, enveloped in darkness, buffeted by howling winds, beset by frigid temperatures.  Cold, dark, icy, and stormy…what motivates us to leave our cozy lives at home and […]