Climate change (reflected by Arctic sea ice decreasing by approximately 9% per decade) and increased human use of the region influences ocean circulation and ecosystem dynamics, impacting biological productivity, marine mammals, and fish stocks. Sikuliaq has accommodations for up to 26 scientists and students per cruise, including those with disabilities, to conduct multidisciplinary studies on these complex issues, and to facilitate broadband real-time virtual participation of classroom students in expeditions, including remotely operated underwater vehicles.
July 15, 2016
University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers have received $4.5 million to study Arctic marine ecosystems while on board the Sikuliaq, the research vessel owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences.
August 26, 2016
The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences hosted tours of the research vessel Sikuliaq on Aug. 16 in Seattle. A donor-sponsored reception followed at the Palisade Restaurant. The event was a formal recognition of the 40-plus-year SFOS-led design and construction effort of the National Science Foundation-owned Sikuliaq. This was the first time that tours and an open house for the Sikuliaq were held in Seattle.
November 07, 2016
The November 2016 issue of Chancellor Dana Thomas’ report highlighting recent achievements and developments at UAF is now available for review. Production of future reports has been suspended.
November 10, 2016
Connecting face to face with the people in the Seward Peninsula of Golovin helped the crew of the Research Vessel Sikuliaq learn about the issues that residents are most worried about and discuss how Sikuliaq research is addressing them.