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About the Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project

The Beaufort Gyre is one of the Arctic Ocean’s primary circulation features, storing and transporting freshwater, sea ice, and heat across the Canadian Basin, and is a critical part of the regional and global climate system.

Since 2003, during a time of unprecedented change, the Beaufort Gyre Exploration Project has provided continuous monitoring of conditions in the region and established a strong foundation that is vital for understanding the current state and future trajectories of the Arctic Ocean environment.

In the News

Waiting for the next freshwater flush

August 25, 2022
Oceanus magazine
By Randy Showstack

In a Spin: New Insights into the Beaufort Gyre

April 8, 2019
Eos - Earth and Space Science News

Blog: Arctic Sea Ice Forum

December 2017

How a Wayward Arctic Current Could Cool the Climate in Europe

By Ed Struzik, December 11, 2017

Signs of Big Change in the Arctic

A once-predictable system shifts out of balance
Oceanus magazine
By Lonny Lippsett: Originally published online July 19, 2016 : In print Vol. 52, No. 1, Summer 2016

Beaufort Gyre sea ice thins in recent decades, impacts climate

from the WHOI Press Room, May 7, 2014

Blog:Thoughts on the Roof

April 2013

The Flywheel of the Arctic Climate Engine

Remote Beaufort Gyre expeditions reveal clues to climate change
from Oceanus magazine
By Lonny Lippsett: Originally published online January 25, 2006 : In print Vol. 44, No. 3, Dec. 2005