1.         Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) mission

Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) mission

  • German icebreaker RV Polarstern will set out for the Arctic packed with supplies and scientific equipment for a year-long mission to explore the planet’s frigid far nor
  • The icebreaker will be the base for scientists from 17 nations studying the impact of climate change on the Arctic and how it could affect the rest of the world.
  • Scientists plan to sail the ship into the Arctic Ocean, tether it to a large piece of sea ice and allow the water to freeze around them, effectively trapping themselves in the vast sheet of white that forms over the North Pole each winter.
  • Scientists from United States, China, Russia and other countries will be rotating every two months as other icebreakers bring fresh supplies.
  • By combining measurements on the ice with data collected from satellites, scientists hope to improve the increasingly sophisticated computer models for weather and climate predictions.
  • The mission has received funding from U.S. institutions such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA.


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