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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 in this exceptional endeavour. Following in the footsteps of Fridtjof Nansen's ground-breaking expedition with his wooden sailing ship Fram in 1893-1896, the MOSAiC expedition will bring a modern research icebreaker close to the north pole for a full year including for the first time in polar winter. 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).

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MOSAiC

Embark on the largest polar expedition in history: in September 2019, the German research icebreaker Polarstern will set sail from Tromsø, Norway, to spend a year drifting through the Arctic Ocean - trapped in ice.

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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 a better understanding of global climate change. Hundreds of researchers from 20 countries are involved in this exceptional endeavour. Following in the footsteps of Fridtjof Nansens ground-breaking expedition with his wooden sailing ship Fram in 1893-1896, the MOSAiC expedition will bring a modern research icebreaker close to the north pole for the first time in polar winter. The data gathered will be used by scientists around the globe to take climate and ecosystem 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).

May 21, 2019

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February 13, 2020

Das Eis ist nicht ewig

Die "Polarstern" driftet durch die zentrale Arktis - eingeschlossen im Eis. Die Wissenschaftler an Bord erforschen Klimaveränderungen. Und ab und an schauen neugierige Eisbären vorbei.

February 12, 2020

Fotografin begleitet “Polarstern”-Expedition

Interview with photographer Esther Horvath on German national TV show

February 8, 2020

мы пойдем на север

В Арктике работает крупнейшая за всю историю экспедиция, в которой участвуют ученые из 20 стран - Aeroflot In-Flight Magazine (pdf), page 52

February 7, 2020

Endless Night at -50 Degrees: A Look at Life on an Icebreaker

Stunning pictures and an interview with expedition leader Markus Rex and photographer Esther Horvath

February 3, 2020

The MOSAiC expedition continues leg 2

Hardships and challenges in the Arctic winter

Read the MOSAiC participants' reports on the expedition
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Read more about MOSAiC in international media
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