U.S., Canadian researchers explore Arctic Ocean

Authors

  • K. Aagaard,

  • L. A. Barrie,

  • E. C. Carmack,

  • C. Garrity,

  • E. P. Jones,

  • D. Lubin,

  • R. W. Macdonald,

  • J. H. Swift,

  • W. B. Tucker,

  • P. A. Wheeler,

  • R. H. Whritner


Abstract

During July–September 1994, two Canadian and U.S. ice breakers crossed the Arctic Ocean (Figure 1) to investigate the biological, chemical, and physical systems that define the role of the Arctic in global change. The results are changing our perceptions of the Arctic Ocean as a static environment with low biological productivity to a dynamic and productive system. The experiment was called the Arctic Ocean Section (AOS) and the ships were the Canadian Coast Guard ship Louis S. St.-Laurent and the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Polar Sea.

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