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Science  15 Nov 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6467, pp. 792-793
DOI: 10.1126/science.366.6467.792

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Scientists on an unusual expedition, known as the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC), are spending 1 year drifting with the pack ice, collecting data on how climate change is affecting the environment. But they have to contend with a force that can throw off their measurements: their own ship. The 118-meter-long Polarstern is a sophisticated floating lab that allows MOSAiC scientists to study the atmosphere, sea ice, ocean, and life. But the vessel and the equipment it carries also produce noise, light, heat, and other forms of pollution that can ruin measurements in this pristine environment.

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