31 March 2023

#AntarcticLog: On the trail to science

Posted by Shane Hanlon

#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young intended to educate and inspire through sciart. You can find the originals here.

I’ve never been to Greenland or the North Pole—but one of my guilty pleasures is investigating how I’d get there if I went. This week’s #AntarcticLog is a product of this kind of woolgathering. 

I got fascinated with working in the ice during an expedition in 2010 as part of a science party in the Beaufort Sea just north of Alaska. When I met Paty Matrai and Carlton Rauschenberg, I was thrilled to hear their stories of working on the ice near the North Pole. 

Sitting by the fire at Palmer Station, technical support staffer Hannah James told me about her side gig monitoring ice movement in Greenland (before the deployment of ICESat-2 in 2018).

Back to more daydreaming—or should that be ice-dreaming? Either way, hope to see you out there!

Karen Romano Young is a writer, artist, deep-sea diver, and polar explorer. Follow her on Twitter & Instagram. Want to showcase your sciart? Consider writing a guest post for us.