14 July, 2001
Saturday, 14 July 2001
Life on Board
The VIPs are here! The SuperPuma helicopter landed about 2 pm
with 5 guests: 3 VIPs and 2 camera crew. Also onboard were
6 new scientists. The camera crew spent some time interviewing scientists and filming some of the experiments going on. A kite launch, a balloon launch, as well as some of the laboratory experiments were documented on film for Swedish TV news. Good fortune that
the sun came out for the occasion and the seas were not too rough. We also said goodbye to 11 scientists who left in the helicopter
about 6 pm for a 2-hour ride to Longyearben, the largest city
Where Are We Now?
We are still sitting off the coast of the Svalbard/Spitzberg Archipelago. The sun is out but it is pretty windy. We will
steam along the beautiful coast for the benefit of the guests
and camera crew and also try to approach a small island that
is a Wildlife Preserve for walruses. Apparently it is illegal
to get too close so as not to disturb the animals.
Scientists at Work
Even though we have guests onboard and new scientists, we are preparing for an open water station tomorrow afternoon. All
of the new scientists are rushing to get things ready for their first station and coping with jet lag and being on a ship. More
new names to learn! The person in whose lab I will be working
is my Principal Investigator, or PI, Dr. Patricia Matrai from Bigelow Laborotory for Ocean Sciences in West Boothbay Harbor,
Maine. She has just arrived on the helicopter and must try to
set up her equipment for tomorrow’s station. Off I go to help
her. (And can’t forget to fill the liquid argon at 3 am!)
Vi ses! (See you later!)
>From Deck 4 on the Icebreaker Oden, somewhere north of Spitzbergen, Dena Rosenberger
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