$200M Research Vessel Visits Woods Hole

$200M Research Vessel Visits Woods Hole
R/V Sikuliaq, Photo/WHOI

CapeCodOnline.com: The view from the bridge of the R/V Sikuliaq was a tranquil one this week as the research vessel was docked at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution [in Woods Hole, Massachusetts]. But by this time next year, the peaceful sights of Vineyard Sound will be replaced by the harsh polar landscape of the Bering Sea.

The Sikuliaq is a $200 million National Science Foundation ship and the only ice-capable vessel in the nation’s scientific fleet. The ship, named for an Inupiaq Eskimo term meaning “young sea ice that is safe to walk on,” can slice through up to 1 meter of “young” sea ice — ice that has formed in the last year. That capability will put scientists at the edge of the polar ice caps and allow them to study first-hand the effects of climate change on Arctic ice.

Read more about the cutting-edge research vessel visiting Woods Hole.