Today’s scientific research is undoubtedly completely different from that of a few years ago, primarily because of the innovative exploration and infrastructure systems. What previously could only be reported and documented in books is now recorded in audio and video, and if that was not enough, research can now be followed live and in full color, as done by a group of scientists in the Arctic Ocean.
Being one of the most unknown areas of the planet, a group of researchers will make the first interactive transmissions live from the legendary Paso del Noroeste. Scientists and students will offer a select group of already selected museums, as well as schools and citizens around the world, the opportunity to explore in real time and through Facebook Live a part of the ecosystems of the mythical Arctic Ocean.
The work will be carried out on board the ship “Akademik Ioffe” of “One Ocean Expeditions” and will begin its adventure on August 23. The latter is scheduled to end on September 13.
Scientists will use the ‘Slocum Glider’, an autonomous underwater vehicle, which will take samples from the eastern waters of Lancaster Sound, a critical point in the Northwest Passage between the Beaufort Sea and Baffin Bay.
This aquatic glider will work for more than ten days and will focus on the measurement of water temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll fluorescence, organic matter fluorescence dissolved in color and optical backscattering that is the reflection of waves, particles or signals back to the address from which they came.
The Internal Space Center (ISC) of the University of Rhode Island, responsible for leading the expedition, among other things, will collect samples of water, ice and air to deepen understanding and document the effect of climate change and biodiversity in the Arctic archipelago of Canada.