MABE Associate Professor Steve Brooks will be onboard our Nation’s largest Icebreaker, the Coast Guard Ship “Healy”, Aug. 6 to Oct. 10, 2015 when the ship makes its first trip to the North Pole.
Steve will investigate the transport and deposition of air pollutants to the Arctic Ocean. This cruise represents only the second time that a U.S. ship will venture this far into the Arctic sea ice.
Steve is funded by the National Science Foundation as part of the international Geotraces program which aims to improve our understanding of biogeochemical cycles and large-scale inputs of contaminants to the oceans. Scientists from 35 nations have been involved in the program, which is designed to study all major ocean basins over the next decade.
This Arctic cruise is coordinated with scientists and icebreakers from the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Norway. The Healy will depart the Aleutian Islands, transiting the Bering Sea and Bering Strait before entering the Arctic Ocean and proceeding to rendezvous with the German Icebreaker, Polar Stern, at the North Pole.