Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

Tapestry waving in the wind

While trying to catch up on everything we missed last week, we just noticed that John Whiteman posted another in his series, “Polar Bears of Summer,” for Exploratorium’s NSF-funded outreach project, Ice Stories.  As ever, Whiteman delivers the goods from the USCGC Polar Sea, where the Hank Harlow-led team of University of Wyoming researchers are tracking and re-examining a set of bears they collared last spring.

US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea navigates pancake ice in the Arctic Ocean.

US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea navigates pancake ice in the Arctic Ocean.

The ship ran into some heavy seas, leading to all personnel being restricted from going on deck. Whiteman writes that the sea ice responding to the swells was “like watching an enormous tapestry waving in the wind.” If you haven’t checked out Whiteman’s dispatches, you’re missing the boat (and the bears).