September 14, 2022
This month, a team of MBARI researchers joined an international research expedition aboard the Korea Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) icebreaker Araon to study a remote part of the Arctic Ocean.
Learning about the fragile Arctic environment before it becomes further altered by an expanding human presence is especially important and urgent. For nearly 20 years, MBARI has collaborated with researchers at the Geological Survey of Canada, the Department of Fisheries and Oceanography Canada, and, more recently, KOPRI to study the frigid waters of the Canadian Beaufort Sea. This year’s expedition with our Canadian and Korean collaborators—with the addition of the United States Naval Research Laboratory—will help refine our understanding of an environment in the midst of rapid change.
MBARI provided state-of-the-art underwater robots to study the seafloor along the southern edge of the Arctic Ocean. These robots are helping MBARI researchers and our collaborators investigate how thawing submarine permafrost is changing the seafloor in this remote area.
As part of MBARI’s ongoing efforts to make ocean exploration accessible to all, our research team has shared their work in an expedition log.
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Department of Fisheries and Oceanography Canada
Geological Survey of Canada
Korea Polar Research Institute
United States Naval Research Laboratory