Adrift in the Arctic

The Washington Post

June 10, 2019

Nowhere on Earth is warming as fast. Scientists will spend a year trapped in sea ice to understand what that means for the world.

Chris Polashenski in the Arctic
Chris Polashenski '07 Th'07 Th'11 leads researchers preparing for the year-long MOSAiC expedition.

"If all goes according to plan, the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) will begin on Sept. 20 — when the icebreaker RV Polarstern sets out in search of an ice floe to which it can pin its fate," writes The Washington Post.

"The ship will spend the next 12 months following that single floe through the central Arctic and across the North Pole — a 387-foot drifting research station inhabited by a rotating cast of some 300 meteorologists, biologists, oceanographers and ice experts. ...

..."No voyage has been as urgent, says Dartmouth geophysicist Don Perovich, who will sail on MOSAiC’s June-to-July leg. ...

"'This is a community puzzle,' Perovich said. 'And we all have a little piece.'"

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