Take part in CNN’s search for extreme science
In early March, four scientists arrived in Resolute, Canada, for rigorous polar ice training, including what do in case of a polar bear encounter and how to sleep safely in a tent in frigid temperatures.
March 21st, 2011
08:48 AM ET

Take part in CNN’s search for extreme science

CNN is going to the Arctic Circle – and we want you to be part of the journey.

Our special correspondent, environmental activist Philippe Cousteau, grandson of acclaimed explorer Jacques Cousteau, will be accompanied by CNN producer Matt Vigil and cameraman Darren Bull. They’ll battle the sub-zero elements and the threat of polar bears on a two-week mission to report on the work of the Catlin Arctic Survey.

The Arctic Circle that rings the North Pole is known as ground zero for climate change.

We’ll explore the work done by scientists who are collecting data and samples to find out how melting ice is impacting ocean currents, marine life and the climate and weather conditions around the world.

We want your questions for the CNN team and the scientists. You might want to know what it’s like working in such extreme conditions, what challenges the CNN team faces, or more about the science they’re carrying out.

Comment here and we’ll pass on your questions. They might become part of our coverage!


Filed under: Climate change • Environment • North Pole
soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. Boris

    By breaking up the ice, could we slow global warming?

    By increasing the surface area of the ice, waters could be cooled faster potentially dropping pressures around the globe

    March 21, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kim

    Its a free country if you want to freeze you ass off then do it have a safe trip!

    March 21, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      How did u get by the cesors with word A$$

      March 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RUMBEA

    WAR IN LIBYA LIVE BROADCAST http://lugaresfavoritos.blogspot.com/2011/03/libyan-ruler-defiant-as-airstrikes-by.html NEW NEWS

    March 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. toadsuck

    Pssss on libya! let em die and what cool stuff are you bringing from the airports? i want some

    March 21, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ian Dalziel

    Come on – don't you realize that hundreds of scientists "brave' these conditions year after year in the Arctic and Antarctic to understand global change ? A few reporters going there is not news.
    Plus you might ask Monsieur Cousteau about all the oil drums his grandfather left floating around the Antarctic Peninsula to spoil the shores there in the late 60's early 70's!

    March 22, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Philippe Cousteau

      Ian,
      There are a lot of scientists and explorers that go to the poles each year. That is the point of this expedition...to tell thier story.

      March 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. David Fleming

    can I go too?

    March 22, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. amish choksi

    What kind of endurance training/testing do you undergo before you set off on such a mission? what are the immediate health hazards on such a trip? what kind of trickle-down effects do changes in weather patterns there have on the rest of the world? how fast is the arctic polar ice cap melting?

    March 22, 2011 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ciro

    Will you eat Spam?

    March 22, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sachin

    How will studies of the Arctic help in changing a common person perspective towards climate?

    Since the scientists are working many years out there, My question is has conditions in the Arctic the same today as they were many years ago? and what changes?

    What are the current new scientific experiment conducted out there?

    March 22, 2011 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Philippe Cousteau

      Our goal is to share the science with the public to help people understand what is going on. The importance of conducting this science year after year is to understand a baseline to track changes. Over the last few decades there has been a consistent decline is summer sea ice coverage, a change in salinity levels and a rise in acidity levels in the water. All of these are the various different types of science we will be exploring.

      March 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Deepak Kashyap

    How will it effect having lived in normal world, then in the frigid arctic and then again coming back to normal world? Will their body be able to adjust to such an extreme change in environmental conditions?
    How long will the arctic ice stay looking at present global warming?
    Effects of this ice melting on the animals?

    March 22, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. gill

    Where do u poop? Seriously.

    March 22, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. derwin

    what are you hoping to find?

    March 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. EM

    I love the idea of cold Northern places. There is something noble about it.

    My heritage is Teutonic, and so I guess it is in my blood. I am proud of this heritage and its accomplishments. Some people have theorized that it is the extreme stress of trying to survive in bitter winters that has given Teutonic people ingenuity, and so this is why we have accomplished so much. Others insist it is simply because we spend so much time indoors during the winter, we had time on our hands to invent stuff!

    Either way, I do believe the Teutonic people are special, and will forever be strongly tied to far Northern regions of Europe.

    March 22, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ed Bailey

    Lake shore drive in January and February is a PURRfect training ground for an arctic team. It is the lone liest populated place in America those two months.it was fun sunbathing on the exhaust ports of the Prudential building in -5 degree weather!

    March 23, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
    • EM

      You talking 'bout Chi-Town? Couldn't agree more. Although, if you head far enough north on Lake Shore and then "inland" you can always find some cougars at the Nacional 27 ..... speaking of PURRing. Something to keep you warm there .......

      March 23, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dagwood

    Would you eat green eggs and ham.

    March 23, 2011 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
    • EM

      You bet I would, I am I am!

      March 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
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