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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

Araon expedition 2011


The KOPRI-led, R/V Araon 2011 Arctic cruise afforded us with a unique opportunity for gaining access to the remote CBL region. Researchers from Spain, UK, Korea, and from other European and American countries combined efforts and pulled together an observational program centered around Araon’s capabilities and destination that addresses key scientific questions regarding the fast-changing Arctic sea ice regime, with a focus on sea ice dynamics and thermodynamics.


As part of ACCESS project, we participated in the cruise and deployed total six sea ice mass balance buoys (IMBs) manufactured at SAMS; three paid by ACCESS and three by KOPRI-ACCESS. 


On Aug 6 we encountered a suitable ice floe for ice station at the north-eastern tip of the Chukchi Plateau. The buoys were deployed on solid old ice floes around the ship’s location within two days.

The buoys measure melt/growth rate and air/ice/water temperature and transmit the measured data to SAMS via Iridium satellite communication. Ice Navigator (Andrey Masanov, AARI) on board the ship reported ice condition at the deployment.

It was observed total ice concentration of 7-8 tenths in which second-year ice comprised 1.5-3 tenths and first-year ice 4-6.5 tenths. The total ice concentration in the area decreased down to zero. Some IMBs survived the melting and transmitted valuable information about sea ice bottom melt and temperature data.


Phil Hwang, SAMS - 24/06/13