SCICEX - Arctic Observations from Submarines


The U.S. Navy is helping to sample the least accessible regions of the Arctic Ocean.  The SCICEX program enables environmental data to be collected for civilian purposes throughout much of the high Arctic during the passage of submarines through the region.  The submarines will collect a variety of data on the geophysics, physics, chemistry and biology of the Arctic.  I am helping to facilitate the biological sampling on the sections across the region.



One of the major biological issues to be addressed is the change in productivity due to the large decrease in summer ice cover in the Arctic.  The red area in the map at right shows the increase in ice-free regions of the high Arctic in recent years.  Submarines are an ideal platform from which to assess this and other changes.