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To Better Understand The Arctic, This Ship Will Spend A Year Frozen Into The Ice


Added 09-20-19 01:06:02am EST - “A group of scientists is embarking on a bold plan to better understand an extremely understudied part of the rapidly warming Arctic ?" the central Arctic Ocean.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “To Better Understand The Arctic, This Ship Will Spend A Year Frozen Into The Ice”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The German icebreaker Polarstern sits in Breivika harbor in Tromso, Norway, on Tuesday. If all goes according to plan, it will spend the next year frozen into the Arctic sea ice. Ravenna Koenig/NPR hide caption

The German icebreaker Polarstern sits in Breivika harbor in Tromso, Norway, on Tuesday. If all goes according to plan, it will spend the next year frozen into the Arctic sea ice.

The mission is known as the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate, or MOSAiC. Its overarching goal is to collect a vast trove of data that can help improve how the Arctic is represented in climate models.

To do that, a group of scientists will try to freeze an icebreaker into the ice — for an entire year.

On a recent day in Tromso, Norway, around 200 people are cycling through the German icebreaker Polarstern as it sits docked in Breivika harbor. They're moving massive amounts of equipment on board, unpacking instruments and starting to install and test them.

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