Episode Six of The IcePod with Taneil Uttal – Measuring the Zeros
For the sixth episode, The IcePod went overseas where we
connected with Taneil Uttal in Boulder, Colorado. Taneil is a
meteorologist at NOAA, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration. To join the second leg of MOSAiC, Taneil didn't have to
do anything but hire Matt Shupe – MOSAiC's co-lead – many years ago. How
smart it sometimes can be to hire young people!
Taneil Uttal and Anja Sommerfeld from the fifth episode of The IcePod
were the female atmospheric force during the darkest hours of the
MOSAiC sea-ice drift. As the leader of the Atmospheric Team, Taneil felt
it was her main job to make everybody else's job easy. As she was
standing on an ice floe in the middle of Arctic nowhere in darkness,
hearing the same humming noise of the atmospheric surface flux station
she once heard in hot-summer Colorado made her feel they had built a
space shuttle that landed on another planet. Leg 2 being the only fully
sun-free period of the expedition, it provided Taneil with the best
opportunities to observe the most extreme conditions in the Arctic, and
to measure all the 'zeros' during darkness.
Science makes just
one (fulfilling) part of a scientist; there is more, and much more to
Taneil. Spending the morning hours in Polarstern's red salon, Taneil
volunteered for the leg 2 entry on the ship's guestbook – the whole lot
of her impressions from the central Arctic she pieced together into a
colourful vibrant drawing. If you're getting curious now (and you
should!) check out the next PolarPredictNews newsletter out by the end of October.
a senior scientist, Taneil is now very much looking forward to retire,
"to be a scientist" as she says. For the remainder at NOAA, she aims to
"make herself obsolete in order to build a team of people" that are
going to continue her work.
--- The IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the
people. We’ll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the
German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the
Arctic. It is produced in collaboration with the Alfred Wegener
Institute and Radio Weser.TV where the full episode with music will be
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