The A in Arctic ABC

The ‘A‘ in Arctic ABC stands for applied technology. Scientists have developed and will be deploying autonomous drifting sensors in the Arctic sea ice. These sensors will observe and monitor the ice-associated biological communities during the winter (polar night) and spring seasons. Data collected from these sensors will provide a better understanding of how Arctic biological communities will respond to climate change.

In January, the Arctic ABC team will be installing sensors in Ny Ålesund, Svalbard (situated at 78° 55′ N, 11° 56′ E). Artur Zolich and Sturla Haltbakk, researchers from NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) are working with instruments that measure light throughout the year. The data that is harvested from these sensor instruments will be complimentary to the underwater measurements of light for the instruments that will be tested later on in January. Stay tuned!

Ny Ålesund town center
Ny Ålesund at 12 noon, during the polar night period.
two people standing next to light dome sensor
Artur and Sturla, two researchers involved with the Arctic ABC project, standing next to the light dome sensor.
Light dome with sensors.
Light dome with sensors.

-Pedro De La Torre

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