As the coronavirus pandemic rages around the world, another ongoing and dire crisis — climate change — has not abated. And researchers from the Arctic to the Antarctic have struggled to maintain their research while facing pandemic restrictions, travel limitations and redirected funding. “But I also wish we didn’t have a pandemic.”Even though the ship had to leave the ice, it did return and scientists were able to continue their important research. We’ve moved from the kind of ‘university on the ice’ to being more ‘robots on the ice’,” Isern said. He is feeling the pinch just like some climate researchers who will now have data gaps.