Polar Research https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar <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> en-US <p><span style="color: #4b7d92;">Authors contributing to Polar Research retain copyright of their work, with first publication rights granted to the Norwegian Polar Institute. Read the journal's full <a href="https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/openaccess">Copyright- and Licensing Policy</a>.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> helle.goldman@npolar.no (Helle V. Goldman) emma.csemiczky@openacademia.net (Emma Csemiczky) Thu, 19 Jan 2023 08:30:34 -0800 OJS http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Personal submersibles offer novel ecological research access to Antarctic waters: an example, with observations of the rarely encountered scyphozoan <em>Stygiomedusa gigantea</em> https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/8873 <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> Daniel M. Moore, Anna Elina Flink, Eva Prendergast, Antony Gilbert Copyright (c) 2023 Daniel M. Moore, Anna Elina Flink, Eva Prendergast, Antony Gilbert https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/8873 Mon, 30 Jan 2023 09:14:45 -0800 Possible signs of recovery of the nearly extirpated Spitsbergen bowhead whales: calves observed in east Greenland https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/8809 <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> Outi M. Tervo, Marie Louis, Mikkel-Holger S. Sinding, Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen, Rikke G. Hansen Copyright (c) 2023 Outi M. Tervo, Marie Louis, Mikkel-Holger S. Sinding, Mads Peter Heide-Jørgensen, Rikke G. Hansen https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/8809 Mon, 30 Jan 2023 09:24:29 -0800 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. https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/9249 Isabelle Gapp Copyright (c) 2023 Isabelle Gapp https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://polarresearch.net/index.php/polar/article/view/9249 Thu, 19 Jan 2023 08:30:46 -0800