https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/issue/feed Polar Research 2023-01-30T09:27:27-08:00 Helle V. Goldman helle.goldman@npolar.no Open Journal Systems <p><em>Polar Research</em> is the international, peer-reviewed journal of the Norwegian Polar Institute. The scope of&nbsp;<em>Polar Research</em>&nbsp;encompasses research in all scientific disciplines relevant to the polar regions. These include, but are not limited to, the subfields of biology, ecology, geology, oceanography, glaciology and atmospheric science. Submissions from the social sciences and those focusing on polar management and policy issues are welcome. Contributions about Antarctica are particularly encouraged.</p> https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/8873 Personal submersibles offer novel ecological research access to Antarctic waters: an example, with observations of the rarely encountered scyphozoan <em>Stygiomedusa gigantea</em> 2023-01-30T09:27:27-08:00 Daniel M. Moore daniel.moore@viking.com Anna Elina Flink anna.flink@viking.com Eva Prendergast eva.prendergast@mac.com Antony Gilbert xoc_chiefoffsubops@vikingcruises.com <p>Underwater biological surveys have been conducted around the Antarctic continent for several decades, and our knowledge of the species present in the shallow waters (&lt;50 m) is reasonably comprehensive. However, the waters below 50 m remain underexplored on the account of difficulty of access, financial barriers and relatively few operational platforms capable of deployment to such depths. Here, we demonstrate that personal submersibles, now increasingly deployed by the expedition cruise industry, can be vessels of opportunity for biological research in the polar regions. We describe direct observations of the rarely encountered scyphozoan&nbsp;<em>Stygiomedusa gigantea</em>&nbsp;at water depths of 80–280 m in Antarctic Peninsula coastal waters as an example of the potential that personal submersibles present for the scientific community, and we outline possible research avenues for utilizing these platforms in the future.</p> 2023-01-30T09:14:45-08:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Daniel M. Moore, Anna Elina Flink, Eva Prendergast, Antony Gilbert https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/8809 Possible signs of recovery of the nearly extirpated Spitsbergen bowhead whales: calves observed in east Greenland 2023-01-30T09:25:35-08:00 Outi M. Tervo outi@ghsdk.dk Marie Louis marie.louis@sund.ku.dk Mikkel-Holger S. Sinding mhssinding@gmail.com Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen mphj@ghsdk.dk Rikke G. Hansen rgh@ghsdk.dk <p>The Spitsbergen population of bowhead whales (<em>Balaena mysticetus</em>) was harvested to near extinction during the whaling era. Here, we show possible signs of recovery of the population by reporting observations of two calves in the Scoresby Sund polynya in East Greenland on 2 and 4 May 2022, and it is the first observation of this kind in this area since the early 1900s.</p> 2023-01-30T09:24:29-08:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Outi M. Tervo, Marie Louis, Mikkel-Holger S. Sinding, Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen, Rikke G. Hansen https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/9249 Book review of Thinking like an iceberg, by Olivier Remaud (2022). Stephen Muecke, trans. Medford, MA: Polity. 180 pp. ISBN 978-1-509-55148-4. 2023-01-19T08:37:31-08:00 Isabelle Gapp emma.csemiczky@openacademia.net 2023-01-19T08:30:46-08:00 Copyright (c) 2023 Isabelle Gapp