NABOS CRUISE 2002 (Pilot Project)
The first logical step to initiate the observational program was a Pilot Project initiated in the summer of 2002, which tested the international connections and provided necessary experience for the full-scale field program. As an initial stage of the NABOS/CABOS, the Pilot Project had several goals. The Pilot Project provided preliminary information about circulation and water mass transformation at several locations of the Eurasian Basin (Figure) and Canadian Basin (Figure). It tested international connections and provided necessary experience for the full-scale field program. We used the Pilot Program to establish channels for getting Russian permits and customs arrangements. During the Pilot Project the core team of scientists and technicians were assembled.
In summer 2002 we deployed two NABOS moorings (Figure) and one CABOS mooring off Banks Island (Figure, northern mooring marked as MMP-2002) for one year. We established permission from the Russian authorities for CTD surveys in Russian EEZ northward of the Laptev Sea during our NABOS summer cruise (the NABOS moorings deployed in the summer of 2002 were away of Russian EEZ and did not require permission). The Russian icebreaker "Kapitan Dranitsyn" was used in the NABOS cruise (See the Ship). The Canadian icebreaker "Louis S. St.-Laurent" deployed our CABOS mooring (See the Ship). This icebreaker was also used to recover the first IARC mooring, which was deployed in the summer of 2001 in the Beaufort Sea (Figure, southern mooring marked as MMP-2001) as a prototype of future moorings.