Tom Royer is interviewed by Karen Cedzo in 1981 in Fairbanks, Alaska
ORAL HISTORY 2000-78-41
KUAC (Radio station : Fairbanks, Alaska)
KUAC studios; University of Alaska
Tom Royer with the Institute of Marine Sciences talks about a study of the recirculation of the sub-Arctic gyre, the National Science Foundation funded study beginning last July, the five buoys placed in the northern Pacific to transmit information, location of the different buoys in the center of a very large gyre, the northern buoy going through one of the passes into the Bering Sea and then back to the Gulf of Alaska, the northern buoy traveling in a straight line north, assuming the buoy had been picked up by a ship, the buoy staying in the Bering Sea for several days and then starting in a direct line for the northern coast of Japan, not being sure about which ship it was on, one of their scientists contacting a friend with the Japanese Fisheries in that particular port, within two hours of the buoy being in port it was located, the buoy being returned to either the Bering Sea or the northern Pacific, changing the instructions on the buoys to now include Japanese, Korean and Russian, the buoy showing there was an exchange of water from the Gulf of Alaska into the Bering Sea and transport of water out of the Bering Sea back into the Gulf of Alaska, and the Japanese ship that picked up the buoy being the same one that snagged a Russian submarine in its nets.
1 audioreel tape (about 45 min.) : mono.
Oceanography, Ocean currents, Buoys
Oral History Collection, Elmer E. Rasmuson Library, University of Alaska Fairbanks
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