NABOS Cruise 2007
Due to difficulties with chartering a Russian icebreaker, the NABOS cruise will be using the smaller research vessel Viktor Buynitsky this year. The Viktor Buynitsky is from the Murmansk Branch of the Russian HydroMeteorological Service.
Since an icebreaker was not available, it was necessary to make changes to the cruise schedule and track. To accomplish this, the cruise was split into two legs. The first half will take place in the Laptev and East Siberian Seas and include mooring recovery and deployment and oceanographic observations. The ship will then return to Longyearbyen, Svalbard to pick up more scientific equipment and personnel and then the voyage will continue to the Barents Sea for mooring work and other measurements. The ice conditions are favorable for this revised plan.
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Map with satellite sea ice data taken on September 9, 2007: