Polar Explorers

UNH researchers reach the top of the world

Thursday, August 25, 2016
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Researchers Kevin Jerram and Evgenia Bazhenova at the North Pole, with American and Russian flags

Kevin Jerram, left, and Evgenia Bazhenova, both researchers with UNH's Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center, took a few moments at the North Pole to showcase their national pride.

Halfway through their six-week research cruise of the Arctic Ocean, UNH researchers Kevin Jerram and Evgenia Bazhenova visited the North Pole. Jerram, a research scientist with the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM), and Bazhenova, an oceanographer from Russia with CCOM’s GEBCO scholars program, are on board the Swedish icebreaker Oden for six weeks; Jerram as a senior researcher and mentor in geophysical sciences and multibeam sonar, and Bazhenova as one of nine invited early career scientists. As the ship approached the North Pole, “everyone on board, 67 persons, gathered on the bridge to celebrate when the GPS came closer and closer to the latitude 90°N,” according to the ship’s blog. Researchers paused briefly for photos before getting back to work.

For more Arctic adventures, see a gallery of Jerram’s photos from his 2015 cruise on the Oden.