A team of natural and social scientists, supported by 25 post-secondary students from the U.S. and Canada, will study vital signs of a rapidly changing the Arctic Ocean this summer, and offer the public a chance to share the experience in real time.
Information source and photograph: Northwest Passage Project – Press release
The innovative, 18-day Northwest Passage Project research expedition will depart on July 18 from the U.S. Air Base in Thule, Greenland, aboard the Swedish Icebreaker Oden, returning to Thule August 4 after a 2,000 nautical mile voyage through the Northwest Passage (itinerary below).
On the Oden, operated by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS, https://polar.se/en/), the team will collect water, ice, and air samples to improve understanding of the effect of climate warming on the environment and biodiversity in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago.
Led by the University of Rhode Island’s Inner Space Center (ISC), with major funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation and additional support from the Heising-Simons Foundation, the expedition will include the first-ever live, interactive broadcasts from the Northwest Passage.
Public audiences in the USA and worldwide will have unprecedented ways to interact with the expedition’s shipboard participants in real time, including via 3 Facebook Live broadcasts.
Full details of the Project’s public broadcast and more information on the research: