(Sponsor: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI))

The goal of the MOSAiC expedition is to take the closest look ever at the Arctic as the epicentre of global warming and to gain fundamental insights that are key to better understand global climate change. Hundreds of researchers from 19 countries take part in this exceptional endeavour. 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. 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.

MOSAiC aims at a breakthrough in understanding the Arctic climate system and in its representation in global climate models. MOSAiC will provide a more robust scientific basis for policy decisions on climate change mitigation and adaptation and for setting up a framework for managing Arctic development sustainably.

MOSAiC's complex interdisciplinary science approach based on several main scientific focus areas, the Duguay Research Group is specifically involved in the sea ice component of this project. 

Collaborating institutions: More than 60 institutes from 19 countries are involved in MOSAiC, with 300 researchers from all over the world taking part in the expedition.

Visit the MOSAiC website for further information.