In DepthPOLAR SCIENCE

Arctic researchers prepare to go with the floes

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Science  23 Aug 2019:
Vol. 365, Issue 6455, pp. 728-729
DOI: 10.1126/science.365.6455.728

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Next month, an international expedition led by the German icebreaker Polarstern will lead the biggest Arctic science expedition to date. The ship will depart Tromsø, Norway, in late September, then let itself become trapped in the ice. Researchers plan to spend the next 13 months drifting past the North Pole before returning to Germany in the fall of 2020. During the voyage, some 600 scientists from 17 countries will conduct studies as part of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC), which will also involve a host of aircraft and other icebreakers. Eight years in the making, the $134 million MOSAiC will monitor the rapidly changing Arctic's physical, geochemical, and biological systems, from the start of sea-ice growth in the fall through its breakup the following summer.

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