Over the summer weeks, GeoSciences scientists sailed off for the Arctic Ocean as part of a £10 million research programme to investigate how the region is changing. Now back on terra firma, we catch up with ship blogger Celeste Kellock.
As part of a team from institutes across the UK taking part in an expedition to the Barents Sea, the scientists are seeking to understand the effects of rapid warming and sea ice loss in the Arctic region – the fastest warming oceanic region in the world – on ecosystems and ocean chemistry.
On board the Royal Research Ship (RRS) James Clark Ross were GeoSciences researcher Dr Sian Henley and MSc student Celeste Kellock. Dr Henley's two research projects include examining the effect of retreating and thinning sea ice on nutrients and sea life in the surface ocean, and examining change in the ecosystem at the seafloor. Ms Kellock taking part in a project examining how change in the Arctic, for example the retreat of sea ice, is affecting changes in nutrient use, and the food chain, from small organisms at the seabed to large predators closer to the surface.
On top of being part of one of the research projects onboard, Celeste kept a blog on the scientists' adventures in the Arctic Ocean, documenting some of the teams' efforts and finds, as well as enjoying spotting minke and killer whales and polar bears.
To read more about the RRS James Clark Ross and its scientific team's achievements, you can access Celeste's blog here: Celeste-the-Lion