Ice breaker

The fall 2016 scientific studies aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent were part of an international program that conducts annual surveys in the Beaufort Gyre – a portion of the southern Canada Basin, north of Alaska, whose water circulates clockwise. Scientists on board were seeking to understand the impacts of climate change in the Beaufort Gyre. Over this month-long journey, 26 scientists successfully recovered and redeployed three moorings, completed 65 rosette casts at 53 locations, launched 59 expendable CTDs, collected zooplankton net tows at both 100 and 500 meter depths, and deployed 40 ocean drifters.

Participating organizations were: JOIS, which stands for Joint Ocean Ice Studies, an important Canadian contributor to international Arctic climate research through the Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project (BGEP), a partnership with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and the Pan-Arctic Climate Investigation (PACI), a co-operation with Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC).


Woods Hole Beaufort Gyre Project Dispatches for 2016

Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project 

Joint Ocean Ice Studies 2016 Report

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution