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MOSAiC Expedition

September 20 - 20, 2019

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.

Over the coming months, we'll work with Reach the World and the MOSAiC Expedition team to share the incredible stories of the expedition, its research, and the everyday challenges of life in the Arctic. We'll be connecting with expedition members as they cycle off the ship and return to their homes around the world. Want to know if Arctic ice is really melting, and if so, how we know? Curious about life aboard Polarstern and daily life on the ice? Join the expedition today, and you can learn from the experts themselves!

Photo Credits: Polarstern Icebreaker S. Hendricks/AWI Polar Bears Esther Horvath/AWI

The Google Hangouts:

March 17, 2020

1:00 pm eastern time

Camera spots available: 3

Join Sara and Jessie, fresh off leg one of the MOSAiC Arctic Expedition as they share their incredible Arctic Journey! How do you collect samples over a year of being trapped in the Arctic ice? What is the MOSAiC team sampling? Once you have a sample of ice or air or phytoplankton, how do you store it and then transport it? Sara and Jessie are part of the science team and will have answers to all these questions and much more!

Are you ready to connect with the largest Arctic expedition in history? Welcome to the MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) Expedition! An international team of scientists who intentionally locked the icebreaker Polarstern into dense, winter sea ice and will drift across the Arctic polar region for an entire year! As they conduct their research, they'll also be navigating the challenges of re-supplying, maintaining morale in 24-hour darkness, and keeping their equipment functioning in sub-zero temperatures. How will they do all of this? We'll get to ask the expedition members themselves!

March 2, 2020

12:00 pm eastern time

Camera spots available: 3

Join Amy and Katie, fresh off leg one of the MOSAiC Arctic Expedition as they share their incredible Arctic Journey! Amy is a documentary filmmaker, she was onboard from September to January, filming all aspects of the expedition. Katie is from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. She spent her time on the Akademik Federov Icebreaker as a Communications and outreach specialist.

Are you ready to connect with the largest Arctic expedition in history? Welcome to the MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) Expedition! An international team of scientists who intentionally locked the icebreaker Polarstern into dense, winter sea ice and will drift across the Arctic polar region for an entire year! As they conduct their research, they'll also be navigating the challenges of re-supplying, maintaining morale in 24-hour darkness, and keeping their equipment functioning in sub-zero temperatures. How will they do all of this? We'll get to ask the expedition members themselves!

February 20, 2020

1:00 pm eastern time

Camera spots available: 2

Join Madison to learn how we study ice, what can we learn from it, and why is it important/challenging to learn about? She will be joining Leg V of MOSAiC to measure melt rates during the summer melt season on the Arctic Ocean. Rapid loss of sea ice in the Arctic is one of the most visual effects of global warming, and Madison is interested in how surface waves interact with sea ice and the possible feedbacks. As a PhD student with Jim Thomson in the Applied Physics Lab as the University of Washington, she has been working to understand this process in the Arctic Ocean and the Antarctic Ross Sea. She grew up in Bellingham, Washington and in her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, cooking (and eating).

February 5, 2020

2:00 pm eastern time

Camera spots available: 0

Join in to learn what life is like for the scientists and engineers on the MOSAiC Expedition, the largest polar expedition ever undertaken! We'll get the lowdown from Research Associate Ryleigh Moore and Engineer Dave Costa, who have both returned from leg one of this epic expedition.

January 22, 2020

11:00 am eastern time

Camera spots available: 0

Matthew is currently co-coordinator of the MOSAiC expedition, a yearlong international observational and modelling initiative in the central Arctic ice pack. He's just returned form leg 1 of the expediton and will share a big picture introduction to the ship, the expedition, and the amazing variety of climate change-related science that's taking place up in the Arctic for the next year. Matt is a research scientist with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado and NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory. Field work has been a major element of this research, including work at numerous Arctic field stations, atop the Greenland Ice Sheet, in mountain environments, and aboard icebreakers in the Arctic sea ice.

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