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CU Researcher Will Drift With Sea Ice To Study Climate Change

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<p>Grace Hood/CPR News</p>
<p>Matt Shupe, a senior research scientist with the University of Colorado Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, stands in front of a research sled he plans to use in the Arctic. It measures things like heat, temperature and wind speed.</p>

Here’s an unusual ride to work: “We’re going to hop on the icebreaker Polarstern in Norway and then we’ll sail out into the Arctic Ocean and eventually into the sea ice and kind of break our way in there a little bit and find a place to park and anchor ourselves to a chunk of ice that will be our home for a year." That’s CU research scientist Matthew Shupe, who’s leaving Monday to live on the sea ice near the North Pole to study climate change.