NEWS AN D Notes Automated North Pole Station Taking the of Washington team, researchers from Oregon State Pulse of the Arctic Ocean University, Seattle's Pacific Marine Environmental An international scientific team supported by the Laboratory, the Japan Marine Science and Technology National Science Foundation (NSF) established a re- Center, and Canada's Met-Ocean Corp. will participate. search camp at the North Pole in April. The scientists Morison said the team traveled to the North Pole used the camp to lay the groundwork for a five-year early in April to deploy several drifting buoys to mea- project to take the pulse of the Arctic Ocean and learn sure such variables as atmospheric pressure, tempera- how the world's northernmost sea helps regulate glo- ture, wind, solar radiation, water temperature, salinity, bal climate. ice temperature profiles, and ice thickness. Over the next year, the buoys will drift with the ice pack and James Morison of the University of Washington, are expected eventually to drift into the Greenland Sea. the lead researcher for the North Pole Automated Sta- tion project, said the team deployed a system of float- He noted that the area around the North Pole is far ing buoys this season and,
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jul 1, 2000
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