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WP6 leader

Nathalie Sennechael has a backgroung in Physical Oceanography (doctor of the University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)  and is  scientist at the MNHN -National Museum of Natural History- in Paris. Recently she has been increasingly involved in outreach activities. She is the ACCESS webmaster.


 WP6 co-leader

Oystein Godoy has a background in meteorology and oceanography from University of Bergen. He has been working with remote sensing techniques at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute since 1994. In recent years he has been increasingly involved in data management activities e.g. for the EU project DAMOCLES and in operational data access during IPY.


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 The current status of Arctic sea ice

2012 Araon cruise


Country: Korea

Ship: RV Araon

Institute: Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI)

ACCESS contact : J. Wilkinson – Phil Hwang (SAMS)


Purpose and Scope:

  • Cruise: 2012 KOPRI-led Arctic Araon scientific cruise
  • Duration: Aug. 1 to Sept. 10
  • Location: Chukchi Borderland and Mendeleyev Ridge
  • Objective: Deploy ACCESS sea ice mass balance buoys and measure in-situ sea ice condition during the cruise.

During the summer of 2012 two SAMS scientists (Phil Hwang & Bernard Hagan) participated in a KOPRI-led Arctic campaign on-board the South Korean icebreaker Araon. This interdisciplinary and multinational research cruise included scientists from S. Korea, Japan, China, UK, and Germany.  Scientific areas of research included hydrological and geological survey, atmospheric observations, chemical oceanography, plankton ecology, biodiversity, ocean optics, and sea ice dynamics.  Our primary purpose was to deploy ACCESS and KOPRI sea ice mass balance buoys (IMBs) as part of our Workpackage 1 deliverables.  Other responsibilities also included the deployment of collaborative buoys (e.g. SATICE, CRREL), as well as to obtain sea ice and wave information during the cruise. 


  • We observed that the massive storm of early August swept off sea ice in couple of days, resulting in no sea ice as far as 80°N. Therefore we had to go north of 82°N to find a decent sea ice floe to deploy the buoys.
  • On the way we met a lonely polar bear who was swimming in the middle of no-where (nearest land is more than 400 km away and the ice edge was more 600km away). He looked tired and hungry. I found that the photo I took may carry a message of record-minimum ice year of 2012!

 Find out more by reading "The logbook of the Araon campaign"

- 31/01/13