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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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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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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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below the ice
Generally speaking, it’s very easy to explain how Arctic sea ice becomes thicker. You
take an ocean, a
It takes perseverance, a love for detail, and a tremendous amount of stamina, as the findings of a joint German-Russian project now show. In the project, experts from the Alfred Wegener Institute and
Background Satellite altimeters measure how much the sea-ice surface floats above the water level. This parameter is called freeboard and it is further converted into sea-ice thickness. This calculati
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
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