For nearly two months the fourth leg of the MOSAiC expedition has been working on the drifting ice from the German icebreaker Polarstern.
The beginning of their journey was no easy task, in these covid-19 times, since for precaution all participants had to spend time in isolation and quarantine before transported to the Polarstern adding to the total time spent away from home.
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During the two months, they have worked hard while the MOSAiC ice floe has drifted southwards to the Fram Strait, and eventually in end of July the ice floe had reached the ice edge and the floe broke up. Since then they have been recovering instrument that had been deployed in the ice. Soon they are on their way home on the Russian vessel Akademik Tryoshnikov that will transport them back to Germany in the coming weeks. You can follow the drift of the MOSAiC expedition here.
Scientist Benjamin Lange from Norwegian Polar Institute and his colleagues have worked for the Research Council of Norway funded project HAVOC, led by the Norwegian Polar Institute.
The HAVOC team has been following the evolution of sea ice ridges and their role for the sea-ice ecosystem during the summer. Conditions have been challenging with melting ice, lots of fog and many curious polar bears. Being close to the ice edge the ice also very mobile and fragile.
- Embark on the largest polar expedition in history
- In September 2019, the German research icebreaker Polarstern has set sail from Tromsø, Norway, to spend a year drifting through the Arctic Ocean – trapped in ice
- The goal of the MOSAiC expedition is to take the closest look ever at the Arctic as the epicenter of global warming and to gain fundamental insights that are key to better understand global climate change
- Hundreds of researchers from 20 countries are involved
- The data gathered will be used by scientists around the globe to take climate research to a completely new level
- Led by atmospheric scientist Markus Rex, and co-led by Klaus Dethloff and Matthew Shupe, MOSAiC is spearheaded by Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI)