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An entire year trapped in the Arctic ice

MOSAiC - Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate

It could be the largest-scale Arctic research expedition of all time: In September 2019, the German research icebreaker Polarstern departed from Tromsø (Norway) and, once it had reached its destination, will spend the next year drifting through the Arctic Ocean, trapped in the ice. A total of 600 people, who will be supplied by other icebreakers and aircraft, will participate in the expedition – and several times that number of researchers will subsequently use the data gathered to take climate and ecosystem research to the next level. More than 70 research institutions from 20 countries are involved in the expedition - amongst them also the WSL and the SLF. From time to time they share their experiences here.

 
23.10.2020

The "Polarstern" is back from the Arctic. Ruzica Dadic reports on the challenges the team faced until the very end.

02.09.2020

Amy Macfarlane, post-graduate student at SLF, postponed her scheduled return and experienced by the skin of her teeth how “her” ice floe transformed back to water. More in the blog.

 

08.06.2020

Leg 3 of MOSAiC takes 3 months longer than planned. The WSL remote sensing installation threatened by ice crack finally allows good data collection.

14.11.2019

SLF researcher David Wagner reports on how the MOSAiC expedition team have found a suitable ice floe for their stay in the Arctic Ocean.