New field blog: Imaging the Arctic

Art and science. Their paths don’t always cross, but when they do the results can be absolutely stunning. And this is exactly why I am highlighting the wonderful new collaboration by scientist Kristin Laidre and artist Maria Coryell-Martin, “Imaging the Arctic. ” It is an elegant field blog based around Dr. Laidre’s fieldwork with Narwhals in Greenland, illustrated by the hand of Coryell-Martin.

This blog goes beyond just producing fascinating, yet typical, photos of working in frozen lands. Coryell-Martin creates lovely 5×7 field sketches of narwhals, sea ice, scientists at work and even a couple of snapshots of life in Niaqornat, Greenland where the scientific team operates from.

Narwhals, 7” x 5” field sketch, by Maria Coryell-Martin

I have to admit as oceanographic instrumentation junkie, I am particularly partial to these watercolors of hydrophones.

1 of 16 hydrophones anchored with lead weights, and single sensitive hydrophone, 5” x 7” field sketches, by Maria Coryell-Martin

Not only do we learn about Marine Mammal research, but if you check out Coryell-Martin’s personal blog she discusses what is it like to produce art while on an expedition. Who knew vodka makes an excellent anti-freeze for watercolors?!

Kim Martini (79 Posts)

Kim is a Physical Oceanographer at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2010. Her goal in life is to throw expensive s**t in the ocean. When not at sea, she uses observations from moored, satellite and land-based instruments to understand the pathways that wind and tidal energy take from large (internal tides) to small scales (turbulence).





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