International Arctic Research Center
September 20th, 2009

Beaufort Sea Cruise 2009

SUCCESFUL recovery of the CABOS mooring today!!

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September 10th, 2009

NABOS 2009

The NABOS 2009 cruise concluded on September 8 in Kirkenes, Norway. Check out the map on the previous post to see their path. Re-deployment of CABOS moorings is still to come.

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photo by A.Talanov

photo by A.Talanov

September 9th, 2009

NABOS 2009 Cruise Path – updated

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September 6th, 2009

NABOS 2009

Day 24
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Final meeting and social gathering

Today we saw the first signs of civilization with a ship on the horizon around 6:45 PM tonight. I also spotted lots of orange jellyfish type creatures in the water as I wandered around on deck earlier in the day. I’ll have to look up what they actually are when I reconnect with the world again in a couple of days.

We had our final meeting to go over all that was accomplished during the expedition including the most CTD casts ever, 2 ITP mooring deployments, about 5 normal mooring deployments including the first ever in the St. Anna trench. After dinner the crew on the bridge spotted a pack of dolphins swimming off the starboard side of the ship so we all ran outside to enjoy the show. That was pretty amazing! I didn’t even know that dolphins were found this far north.

Our last gathering was held shortly after the dolphin spotting. We all gathered to laugh about stories from the past 3 weeks at sea, dance, and even listen to some Russian music on the guitar performed by a crew member. It has been an amazing expedition with connections and friendships made from all over the world.

~Becki Legatt

September 5th, 2009

NABOS 2009

Day 23
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Calmer seas and an Antarctic presentation

Much calmer seas today as we continue our journey back to Kirkines. It’s sad to look out the window and see waves instead of sea ice, but those arctic images will stay in my head for some time to come I’m sure. The sea sickness has passed on with the calming of the seas, so everyone is in good spirits today as people went around collecting photos and videos from everyone to share.

This afternoon many of us gathered for movies upstairs in between packing and working on other things in our cabins. After dinner I took a walk out on deck with my German friend and we laughed about fun moments during the cruise while enjoying the crisp evening. Both of us seem to really enjoy time at sea, especially when it’s in the Arctic. Later on we all gathered upstairs for another presentation by the ship’s radio officer, this time on his travels in Antarctica. His pictures were amazing and we all loved the penguins and seals so cute! I think that will continue to be my dream and goal to work on research there. Polar science is so exciting!

~Becki Legatt

September 4th, 2009

NABOS 2009

Day 22
Friday, September 4, 2009
Rough seas as we head home

We were warned yesterday to make sure everything in our rooms was put away or secured with duct tape before heading off to bed, and during the early morning hours we discovered why. We left behind the polar ice pack around 6 AM and encountered quite rough seas. This led to a rough day for a few people on board that had some sea sickness with the ship rocking through the waves all day.

You know the seas are rough when while sitting down for a meal you see the ocean suddenly appear above the top of the window, showing only sea water, and then just as suddenly it sinking below the bottom of the window leaving only cloudy skies. The cups are now placed in crates for meals, and all of the condiments on the tables are tilted on their sides so they don’t roll around. It’s quite entertaining to walk around on the ship. I have found the stairwell to be quite entertaining! One moment you’re walking on air, and the next you’re being pushed sideways.

~Becki Legatt

September 3rd, 2009

NABOS 2009

Day 21
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Last polar bear, CTD cast, and sea ice cover

Tonight’s CTD shift kept me quite busy with 6 casts remaining on the St. Anna transect. The first couple casts went down to depths around 600 meters, and then they came up shallower as we approached the shelf. Some of the scientists gathering water samples have started to run out of sampling bottles and a couple have improvised with water bottles from the ship. We even had a collection of them gathered after meals a couple of days ago with everyone checking their rooms for empty water bottles.

We had our last polar bear sighting in between the final CTD casts and it caught me off guard as I did a double take when I walked out the hanger door not hearing the announcement. He was quite cute running along the ship as we passed by. Around 12:15 AM we completed our final CTD cast of the St. Anna transect with a shallow cast. It was also the last cast of the entire NABOS cruise – bummer. Tomorrow we head back home. I spent the late night hours on into the early morning walking around deck and watching the arctic scenery from my cabin window.

~Becki Legatt

September 2nd, 2009

NABOS 2009

Day 20
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Beginning of the St. Anna Transect at 10 PM

Many of the expedition members were able to catch up on sleep for the first part of the day and a few members began to start packing equipment that was no longer needed during the cruise. During the overnight hours we continued on to the St. Anna trench to complete another transect, this time further north that the other to allow for analysis of the complexities of the Atlantic Water in this region. Hopefully we will find some interesting results with the addition of this transect. We started the CTD casts in the late evening once again, this time with calmer winds and just a few light passing snow flurries. Work continued on deck throughout the early morning hours, with the water sample scientists busy as always bringing their bottles out to the hanger and then back to the cabins for analysis.

~Becki Legatt

September 1st, 2009

NABOS 2009

Day 19
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Walking on the Arctic Ocean!

Work continued with CTD casts on the Cape Arkticheskii transect today, a new area for the NABOS expedition and it was fairly quick with only about 5 casts. Near the end of the transect we found out that we would have the opportunity to get off of the ship and walk onto the Arctic Ocean for an outing after the completion of our work on deck, which made many of us extremely excited! We took a large group expedition photo with flags from our institutions, sponsors, and home countries. Then we walked around on some of the ice ridges and took photos near the ship, all the while keeping a watchful eye on the horizon for any moving snowdrifts (aka polar bears… haha).

Later in the evening we had a BBQ dinner out on deck, which was great for the many hungry expedition members. Were also entertained by our chief scientists, radio officer, and several other crew and expedition members that put on a fun skit featuring Neptune, god of the sea. The overall theme of the skit was that Neptune was upset with us for taking his ocean water. It was quite entertaining to hear the Russian version and then the English translation.

~Becki Legatt

August 31st, 2009

NABOS 2009

Day 18
Monday, August 31, 2009
An Arctic Winter Wonderland and NABOS the snowman

Today I awoke to a true Arctic/Winter Wonderland as I headed out on deck, which was covered in at least half of an inch of fresh snow. That was more than enough for Birke and I to have an impromptu snowball fight, and even make a snowman on deck that we named NABOS.

The CTD casts continued through the day, with the last few casts of the Severnaya Zemlya transect being much shallower, as we were approaching the shelf. These shallow casts are usually fairly simple and quick because it takes less time to lower the rosette to the ocean floor and raise it to the surface, however at our last cast location the ice flows kept compressing in around the ship, so it took longer to make an opening in the ice to drop the rosette. We kept in communication with the bridge over the radios to take extra care to keep the cable away from the ice.

NABOS the snowman

~Becki Legatt

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