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Klaus Grosfeld Renate Treffeisen Sina Löschke
One year, one floe – sea-ice research to the extreme
from the Central Arcti
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How alike the two pictures are: as AWI sea-ice physicist Dr Thomas Krumpen flies over
the scattered remains of what was once the MOSAiC floe and many of its neighbouring
In spring, a variety of algal blooms colour the waters of the
Arctic Chukchi Sea. The inflow of cold, nutrient-rich water
from the Bering Sea provides the phytoplankton with idea
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Satellite observation is the only way to effectively monitor the
Arctic sea ice on a broad scale. Yet this approach still has its fair s
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On 30 June 2020, meltwater ponds nearly as long as the
research vessel Polarstern covered the MOSAiC ice floe – though
the snow began melting weeks
Spending an entire winter researching on an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean
was, until now, just a pipe dream for most sea-ice experts. It was always
assumed that such an expedition w
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below the ice
Generally speaking, it’s very easy to explain how Arctic sea ice becomes thicker. You
take an ocean, a
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In the Central Arctic, snowfall is comparatively rare. The snow
that does fall is often blown by the wind, chiefly accumulating
on the lee side of o
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