“We’re interested in seeing how individual pieces of sea ice, called floes, evolve. It’s hard to do. With this ice disk, we don’t have to get a ship up to the Arctic, we don’t have to fly drones. It’s right in the middle of a city.”
—Chris Horvat, postdoc at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, on the Westbrook, Maine, spinning ice disk that captured the internet’s imagination in January—and gave him research fodder during the government shutdown.