Why Alaska?

This July, we got the opportunity to go to Alaska and visit Point Barrow, the northernmost point in the US and the testing site for the use of CODAR SeaSondes and AIS, automatic identification system, in vessel tracking. As the artic sea ice retreats, there will be more and more room for  ships to travel through this new passage, and as oil drilling gets underway vessel traffic will become common.

A view from the air of sea ice off Barrow's coast

Ultimately, the Coast Guard will become responsible for the safety of people out on these new open waters, and it will become increasingly necessary for Homeland Security to know what kinds of ships are out there. This is where the CODAR SeaSondes and AIS come in, and why we’re traveling to Barrow. This technology will help the US prepare for and adapt to changes happening in the Arctic.

-- Amanda & Carey

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