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Michael Steele: Chief Scientist

Mike is the Chief Scientist for the Switchyard project. His PhD work (at GFDL, a NOAA lab associated with Princeton University) involved numerical modeling of the edge of the sea ice pack. He came to Seattle in 1987 to get some field experience, participating in the CEAREX project north and east of Svalbard, Norway in 1988. Mike continues to straddle the line between field work and numerical modeling, focusing on sea ice - ocean interactions and ocean circulation. Mike has primary responsibility for the helicopter surveys of the continental slope north of Alert.

Email Mike if you have questions about the project.

Roger Andersen: Field Scientist

Roger is in charge of the CTD and XCP instruments and initial data processing, and general field preparation. This is Roger's 255th project in the polar regions (or so it seems...).

Wendy Ermold: Field Scientist

Wendy assists Roger in field preparations. She is also leader of a new project for 2005, a surface-based ADCP at helo stations for calibrating XCP data.

Andy Heiberg: Chief Logistics Coordinator

Andy arranges all travel, accommodation, and other logistics necessities (like souvenir patches!). Andy has been to the arctic 5,668 times, more or less.

Dean Stewart: Assistant Logistics Person

Dean helps with the design and testing of some equipment.

Chris Craig- Assistant Logistics Person

Chris also helps with the design and testing of some equipment.

Oleg Babko: Graduate student

Oleg is assisting with analysis of XCP and other data.

Ward Williams: undergraduate research assistant.

Ward helped with initial data mangement and graphics of helo section data. In September 2005 Ward will start graduate school at the Materials Science Institute at the University of Oregon.

Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory/ Columbia University, Palisades, NY

Peter Schlosser- co-PI Scientist

Peter is a leading ocean geochemist, with interests in the arctic and beyond. For Switchyard, he will study the distribution of oxygen isotopes in the ocean, which provide a way to determine the various origins of relatively fresh waters. Peter and Bill (see next) have primary responsibility for the Twin Otter hydrographic surveys between Alert and the North Pole.

Bill Smethie- co-PI scientist

Bill is also a leading ocean geochemist with particular interest in using anthropogenic substances and radioactive isotopes to trace ocean currents and mixing and the formation of North Atlantic Deep Water downstream of the Switchyard study site. The anthropogenic substances are produced by a variety of industrial processes and the radioactive isotopes originate from nuclear bomb tests and reprocessing nuclear power plant fuel. Bill and Peter (see above) have primary responsibility for the Twin Otter hydrographic surveys between Alert and the North Pole.

Dale Chayes- Research Engineer/Senior Staff Associate

Dale is a field engineer for the project and works in the Lamont-Doherty Instrument Lab.

Richard Perry- Research Staff Associate

Richard is a field engineer for the project and is also behind the mechanical concept and design for the THICR rosettes.

Scripps Institute of Oceanography, La Jolla, CA

Bob Williams- Field Engineer

Bob works for the Oceanographic Data Facility, a group of people at Scripps Institute of Oceanography who provide services for projects like the Switchyard. "Services" means they analyze water samples for various chemical constituents, like salt, nutrients, etc., which helps us figure out where these waters originated.

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Kelly Falkner- Affiliate Scientist

Kelly is another leading ocean geochemist, who for Switchyard is analyzing the dissolved Barium in our water samples. This can help us to determine the impact of North American rivers on the ocean at Switchyard.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Ron Kwok- co-PI Scientist

Ron is analyzing satellite sea ice data in our region of interest, in order to ascertain the solid component of the freshwater budget. The data include ice motion from satellite active and passive microwave imagery, and ice thickness data from the ICESat (a laser altimeter) and CryoSat (a radar altimeter) missions. These observations will help understand the variability in circulation and local mass balance of the switchyard region.



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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0230427.
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