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MOSAiC Cruise Blog 2019-2020

Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate

MOSAiC is the world’s largest and most comprehensive expedition to the central Arctic Ocean. Five UAF researchers will take part, embarking on multiple legs of a year-long journey onboard icebreaker RV Polarstern locked in the frozen sea ice and set to drift past the north pole.

 

The unprecedented Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate will capture the closest look ever at the Arctic to understand why it is warming faster than any other region on the planet. Hundreds of scientists from around the world will gather data related to the ocean, sea ice, snow and atmosphere from a chemical, physical and biological point of view.

 

UAF’s team will write a weekly blog, providing a rare glimpse into life as a scientist conducting research in one of the most extreme and unique environments on earth. An environment whose changes, although poorly understood, are already impacting sea level rise, storminess, ocean and atmospheric warming at lower latitudes.

Follow the Journey

MOSAiC leaves Tromso, Norway September 20, 2019. Once onboard IARC's Rob Rember and Marc Oggier will send dispatches from aboard ship—we'll display the posts here.

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The German research icebreaker RV Polarstern will transport the MOSAiC expedition through the central Arctic Ocean as it drifts past the North Pole towards the Atlantic Ocean while trapped in sea ice. Photo credit, Alfred Wegener Institut/Mario Hoppmann.
The German research icebreaker RV Polarstern will transport the MOSAiC expedition through the central Arctic Ocean as it drifts past the North Pole towards the Atlantic Ocean while trapped in sea ice. Photo credit, Alfred Wegener Institut/Mario Hoppmann.

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Rob Rember

Rob Rember- by JR Ancheta

International Arctic Research Center

UAF science lead, studies the interface between the ocean, ice & atmosphere

Marc Oggier

JR-19-6203-1682

International Arctic Research Center

Post doctoral researcher, studies sea ice physics like temperature, salinity & the physical structure

Ana Aguilar-Islas

JR-19-6203-229

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

Associate professor, studies macro & micro- nutrients in snow, sea ice & water

Mette Kaufman

Mette web

International Arctic Research Center

Research professional, specializes in sea ice science

Rachel Lekanoff

JR-19-6203-642

College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences

PhD student, studies sea ice chemistry, macro & micronutrients