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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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May 14, 2020

The IcePod – Bonus Episode

In the new bonus episode of the IcePod, MOSAiC leader Markus Rex talks about his experiences and impressions during Leg 1 of the ever largest expedition in the Arctic.

May 11, 2020

防范新冠病毒传播,赴北极考察的各国科学家将先隔离

Update on MOSAiC on Chinese news portal

May 10, 2020

Arctic Science Mission Faces Challenges as Pandemic and Seasonal Ice Melt Causes Delays

Update on the next team exchange and the quarantine

May 8, 2020

Neues vom Forschungsschiff Polarstern

MOSAiCexpedition update on German national broadcaster ARD's main news programme

April 29, 2020

How a record-strong Arctic weather pattern aided a troubled Arctic research expedition

"Ship will rendezvous with resupply ships after being blown across the central Arctic Ocean"

Read the MOSAiC participants' reports on the expedition
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