VIDEO: Arctic Research – Breaking the Ice for Polar Progress

Published on October 6, 2017 by Nicholas Hoffman

A team led by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) deploys Air-Deployable Expendable Ice Buoys (AXIB) in the high Arctic near the North Pole from a Royal Danish Air Force C-130 aircraft operating out of Thule Air Force Base in Greenland, as part of the International Arctic Buoy Program (IABP). Included on the team were personnel from the U.S. National/Naval Ice Center, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the University of Washington. The buoys provide real-time weather and oceanographic data to enhance forecasting, and environmental models thereby reducing operational risk for assets operating in the Arctic.