Category: MOSAiC Blog

What do you actually do during a multi-week transit?

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Current Position: 87.1 °N, 89.23 °E That’s a question that I get asked a lot. Now it has been almost three and a half weeks that we spent on the Kapitan Dranitsyn traveling from Tromsö to Polarstern. Short answer first: there is a lot to do. The transit is the perfect time for team building, (…)

A winter sea of ice

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It is not as easy as it sounds: Get an icebreaker, go up to 88 °N in winter, exchange scientists, crew and cargo and return. Job done. Actually, going through the Arctic winter ice in February that far north is rather unusual. This means that there are also not many icebreakers, which are equipped to (…)

Waiting in the Fjord

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Strong winds make us wait in the fjord near Tromsö before crossing open water to the sea ice edge.

Preparations for Leg 2

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arrived in Tromsø on 23 November 2019 at two o’clock in the afternoon. It was dawn at that time and that was when I realized that I will not see the sun anymore for the next 3 months. I still need to get used to this thought. On November 27, I left Tromsø together with (…)

Setting up ice camp

Polarstern and Akademik Federov at the floe

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An image from above shows the two ice breakers Polarstern (left) and Akademic Federov (right) side by side to plan the set up of the floe. Our measurement container is sitting happily on the bow of Polarstern already acquiring data.

First News from Lauriane on Polarstern

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They’ve always said, and somehow we knew, MOSAiC was going to be a different expedition. This is particularly true for communication. We’re literally dying for updates from Lauriane on Polarstern. We are eager to know how she is doing, how the situation is and how the data look like that we record. It’s a big (…)

Expedition Start!

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“It’s happening, it’s real.”, the chief scientist, Markus Rex (AWI), can’t believe himself that the MOSAiC expedition is on its way now. On 20 September at 20h30 we bid farewell to Polarstern, our colleagues and the crew as they left port in Tromsö. Set-up and Farewell in Tromsö The past 10 days were intense. First, (…)

MOSAiC Training School

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As in previous expeditions, we equip our red laboratory container. We will operate around 15 different instruments to study the formation of particles, their growth, transport and transformation in the atmosphere and how the influence clouds. This time, however, the expedition is exeptionally long, 1 year, and on each of the six legs we only (…)