In addition to our USGS Ocean Acidification Research Team, there are several other scientific teams and individual scientists currently conducting research on the Healy. One such scientist is Dr. Pablo Clemente-Colon who is currently the Chief Scientist of the National Ice Center (NIC). Yesterday, he deployed a buoy which will provide information about the temperature in the upper ocean. This buoy nicknamed “UpTempO” is an ocean drifter with a thermistor (temperature) string attached. This piece of equipment is designed to float around for about a year and will acquire the temperature of the surface as well as 16 other water column depths to create a temperature profile of the Arctic Ocean. The data and GPS coordinates are sent through a satellite to the Polar Science Center at the University of Washington (Seattle) to the Principal Investigator Dr. Mike Steel.