2020 KV Svalbard Wooden Boat Deployment

Updated: May 25

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).


Dave Forcucci working with students at Pacific Science Center during 2020 Climate Change Curiosity Expo in Seattle, Washington USA
Dave Forcucci working with students at Pacific Science Center during 2020 Climate Change Curiosity Expo in Seattle, Washington USA

Dr. Ignatius Rigor working with students at Pacific Science Center during 2020 Climate Change Curiosity Expo in Seattle, Washington USA
Dr. Ignatius Rigor working with students at Pacific Science Center during 2020 Climate Change Curiosity Expo in Seattle, Washington USA
 

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





KV Svalbard Ice Breaker
KV Svalbard Ice Breaker

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