2020 KV Svalbard Wooden Boat Deployment
Updated: May 25, 2022
Float Your Boat partners with the Norwegians. In 2020, the KV Svalbard and the Coordinated Arctic Acoustic Thermometry Experiment (CAATEX) crew deployed boats at three locations in the Arctic Ocean: in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska, USA; north of the Laptev Sea on the Eurasian side where Fridtjof Nansen locked the Fram into the Arctic ice 127 years ago; and in the east Arctic area north of Svalbard. See all the yellow buoy tracks on the map. Below are images from two of the three wooden boat deployment locations.
About half of the wooden boats deployed were decorated by school children in Norway as seen in the video below. The other half were decorated by children participating in the 2020 Pacific Science Center’s Climate Change Curiosity Expo (see photos below).
First Deployment - August 3, 2022 - East Arctic region north of Svalbard
Two ice buoys were deployed on the 3rd of August 2020 between 08:00 and 10:00 UTC, approximately 200 m apart. They were supposed to be on different ice flows, but based on the movement of the buoys, it looked like it might have been one large flow.
The only position we have noted is from the photo metadata, the KV Svalbard's position while "parking" on the ice. 84.05N 28.31E, and the buoy started recording at 84.13055N 29.230109E.
Deployment A (Buoy 1)
(Seattle and Gjesdal spelled on the ice)
US: boats with nr < 200
Marked with www.floatboat.org twice the same direction www.floatboat.org
Norway: Boats marked with S and B
Buoy nr: APL – UTAP – 0007
Buoy ID: 300234067526440
Deployment B (Buoy 2)
Kasse 2 (USA and Norge (Norway) spelled on the ice)
US: boats with nr > 200
Marked twice with www.floatboat.org right side up and upside down
Norway: boats marked with A
Buoy nr: APL – UTAP – 0008
Buoy ID: 300234067527430
North of the Laptev Sea on the Eurasian Side, Fram Site
November 18, 2020
Deployed at 79.8N, 136.9E
Iceball Buoy: 30023406752760