On this journey last summer, I joined researchers searching for bowhead whales off the coast of east Greenland. Although ice strengthened, small ships like this one can’t break through thick ice and rely on the pilot’s knowledge and experience to pick through gaps in the ice floes, known as ‘leads’. It’s a tactical process and a good ice pilot is essential to an expedition’s success. In these clips you can see ship’s crew catching up with maintenance while the scientists look out for signs of whales. Scientists predict that the Arctic Ocean will likely be ice free in the summers, within thirty to forty years -it could be sooner than that. This winter after the ice reached its maximum extent for the year, was another record low in sea ice cover -when viewed over the decades. The job will be very different for the next generation of Arctic seafarers, navigating an Arctic Ocean that is fundamentally altered in structure by climate change.
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