Studying Arctic Ice

An aerial view of two people in orange coats and black pants standing on a piece of ice. One is close to the edge and bending over while picking up a canister. The edges of the ice scalloped and almost lace-like in appearance. The water visible ranges from light to deeper blues.
NASA/Kathryn Hansen

In this image from July 12, 2011, crew from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy retrieve a supply canister dropped by parachute during the Impacts of Climate on Ecosystems and Chemistry of the Arctic Pacific Environment, or ICESCAPE, mission.

ICESCAPE was a multi-year project sponsored by NASA to determine the impact of climate change upon the health of the Arctic Ocean. The bulk of the research took place in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas in summer 2010 and 2011.

See more photos from this mission.

Image Credit: NASA/Kathryn Hansen

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