Council for the Advancement of Science Writing

Shannon Hall hits the ice

(Sep. 24, 2019) Freelance writer and CASW Showcase Managing Editor Shannon Hall is on leave for the next few weeks. She'll be stranded in the Arctic with the largest polar research excursion in history, MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate). She is one of a few journalists who will cover the mission to investigate climate change in the Arctic from aboard the research vessel Polarstern.

"In late September we will set sail from Tromsø, Norway, heading east along Siberia, then north toward the North Pole. Our captain will steer us into a massive ice floe and kill the ship’s engines—dooming it to freeze in place as the ice quickly thickens."

Check out her story, "Marooned: Researchers Will Freeze Their Ship into Arctic Ocean Ice for a Year," published in Scientific American September 17, 2019.

Good luck, Shannon!

Photo: Research vessel Polarstern in the central Arctic. Credit: Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Mario Hoppmann (CC-BY 4.0)