Follow the MOSAiC expedition along with a group of students

What is the MOSAiC expedition, you might ask?

MOSAiC stands for the “Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate”.

It is the largest Arctic expedition ever and it involves a ship, the RV Polarstern, which will be trapped in ice near the North Pole for 60 to 90 days. The ship left Tromsø (Norway) in September 2019 and found a spot to freeze in ice. From its location, the ship will drift along with the ice and scientists expect to gain many new insights into climate issues by carrying out different kinds of in situ measurements over a long, continuous period of time.

Given that the expedition takes place during the winter, it’s going to be cold and dark: the temperatures will go down to -45° Celsius during the long Arctic night. However, the ship will be surrounded by small camps with all the equipment scientists need for their research and will be resupplied with fuel, groceries and new personnel multiple times throughout the expedition via icebreakers coming from China and Russia.

Six different teams of researchers coming from 19 countries will spend a limited time on the whole expedition,  so that everybody gets to spend around the same amount of time on-site.

A group of German students are following the expedition closely and providing their reports to our Science Blog. Head over there if you want to learn more about MOSAiC and the RV Polarstern.

You can also follow the journey of the ship day by day here.

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Mara Dambour

Mara Dambour

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