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Ever since, atmospheric researchers Dr Dörthe Handorf and Dr Annette Rinke at the AWI in Potsdam have been searching for concrete evidence of the interrelations between the sea ice, polar air currents
One and a half years ago the unique Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) expedition , together with its year-round drift through the Central Arctic, came to
Many have seen pictures of the Arctic icescape in the sun, or under the moon during the dark winter months north of the polar circle. Yet, have you ever wondered what it all looks like underneath the
The MOSAiC ATMO (Atmosphere)-Team (Figure 1) made observations of relevant atmospheric properties, processes and interactions over an entire annual cycle while drifting across the Central Arctic with
The stratosphere is the part of our atmosphere beginning at an altitude of ca. 10 km, and where, thanks to the absorption of the trace gas ozone, temperatures rise with increasing altitude. Normally,
Despite a storm and the adverse ice conditions, he and his team reached the MOSAiC floe almost as planned. They left the floe on 16 May and reached the sea-ice edge on Tuesday, 2 June. Now Torsten Kan
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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
With the return of the Russian research icebreaker “Akademik Treshnikov” to the port of Murmansk, Russia, another successful chapter in Russian-German collaborative Arctic research drew to a close. On
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