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Packing up instruments in Met City, which is situated directly next to a melt pond. (Photo: Lianna Nixon) Time to Say Goodbye

Alfred Wegener Institute - After exactly 300 days...
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The research icebreaker Polarstern, at the center of the largest Arctic research expedition ever, is considered to be one of the most advanced and versatile polar research ships in the world. Photo: Lukas Piotrowski/MOSAiC Twitter Dream Jobs: Ice researcher

Tessa Sternberg, Newsela - In September 2019...
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Arctic sea ice concentration Sea ice extent in the Arctic...

Levon Sevunts, The Barents Observer - The sea...
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Carin Ashjian, a WHOI biologist, has been studying zooplankton aboard a German icebreaker attached to an ice floe in the Arctic Ocean. Now, she's experiencing an additional two months on the ship, as another team of scientists go through a period of quarantining before she can be replaced.SERDAR SAKINAN Another casualty of the coronavirus...

David Abel, The Boston Globe - Ecologists have...
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Researchers haul their equipment to their field sites through snow blown by harsh winds. One researcher, a polar bear guard, carries a rifle on his back in case of an emergency. Credit: Alfred Wegener Institute / Delphin Rouché An Active Arctic: Where Sea Ice...

NASA - In the early 1900s, Ernest Shackleton...
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Scientists from the University of Colorado measure how fast the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane move between the atmosphere and the ocean, on Nov. 20, 2019. Photographer: Esther Horvath/Alfred-Wegener-Institut A Front-Row Seat for the Arctic’s...

Laura Millan Lombrana, Anna Shiryaevskaya... -
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The Kapitan Dranitsyn presses through sea ice on Feb. 23, 2020. Photo by John Cassano One Year In Ice City

Amanda Schupak, HuffPost - Thunderous creaks...
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Ice is broken up by the passing of the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it sails through the Beaufort Sea off the coast of Alaska in 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File) Arctic sea ice is in a downward spiral...

Andrew Freedman, The Washington Post - If one...
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Jozef at the drone ground control station. Delphin Ruche I was trapped on a boat in the Arctic...

Molly O'Brien/Gina Jozef for Business Insider -
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MOSAiC ice floe during Cruise Leg 4 on June 30, 2020; Photo by Markus Rex The latest findings on the MOSAiC floe

Alfred Wegener Institute - The New Siberian...
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Measurements on the ground and in the air above the floe during the expedition PS 106.1 within the framework of the Collaborative Research Centre 'Arctic Climate Change' (AC)3 Leipzig research balloon...

TROPOS - The system was prepared by the...
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The German research vessel POLARSTERN returns to the MOSAiC ice floe after crew exchange near Svalbard. RV Polarstern returns to the MOSAiC floe

AWI - After a month's absence...
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Babbage from Economist Radio Pole position—the Polarstern...

Economist Radio Podcasts - A year-long...
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A polar bear guard stands atop a pressure ridge in residual ice Listening to the Arctic

Sam Cornish, on landscape - The Arctic...
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Lights returns to the Arctic as ice break ups become more common. Credit: Ivo Beck Frozen in a drift: A MOSAiC story, part I

Agnieszka Gautier, NSIDC - Frozen into sea ice...
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Tim Stanton (right) is Emeritus Research Professor of Oceanography at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. He spent six weeks in the Arctic at the end of 2019 as part of the MOSAiC expedition. MARIO HOPPMAN (AWI GERMANY). How COVID-19 Has Compromised...

Michelle Loxton, 90.3 KAZU/NPR - In September...
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Sea ice Climate conundrum: Could COVID-19...

Gloria Dickie, Mongabay - In mid-May...
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This image taken by the AWI’s ROV shows why platelet ice is deserving of its name. It consists of delicate ice wafers, measuring up to 20 centimetres long, which form loose clouds. Photo: BEAST / AWI sea-ice group / Alfred Wegener Institute DriftStories: Glittering clouds below...

Sina Löschke, AWI - Generally speaking, it’s very...
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Path of the Polarstern through the ice showing a number of back-and-forth ramming. (Source: MarineTraffic.com) MOSAiC Expedition Relief Ships...

Malte Humpert, High North News - Scientists...
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Dreamer who Conceived of the Largest...

A.B. Peevey & M. Kodas, InsideClimateNews -
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Photo credit: Reza Naderpour Arctic Researchers Return...

Ravenna Koenig, NPR - A ship that was supposed...
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Photo: Lukas Piotrowski These researchers spent a winter...

Shannon Hall, Nature - There was nowhere to...
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As calm conditions gradually return after a couple of days of windy conditions, Polarstern is visible through some blowing snow at ground level. COVID delayed Arctic researchers head home

Chris Marsay, UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography - My time working at the...
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The MOSAiC ice camp and RV Polarstern. (Photo credit: Stefan Hendricks) MOSAiC researchers adapt to...

Kristen Pope, Yale Climate Connections - While much of the world was...
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Graduate student Oguz Demir Graduate student returns from MOSAiC...

Ryan Horns, The Ohio State University - “I didn’t expect it to be so cold...” 
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Captain Stefan Schwarze from the Polarstern visits the Kapitan Dranitsyn icebreaker after the two vessels met in the ice in March. Credit: Michael Gutsche/Alfred-Wegener-Institut The Largest Arctic Science Expedition...

Michael Kodas, InsideClimateNews - In March 2019...
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Maddie Smith in the Beaufort Sea in 2015, in front of the R/V Sikuliaq. “It was my first time standing on sea ice (over thousands of meters of water!), so I was pretty excited.” (Photo courtesy of Maddie Smith) Catch her drift: UW sea ice scientist...

Kurt Schlosser, GeekWire - Maddie Smith is ready to drift...
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In this photo provided by the Alfred Wegener Institute and taken on May 6, 2020, MOSAiC participants stand at the window of their rooms in the hotel, where they are in quarantined before returning to the MOSAiC expedition, in Bremerhaven, Germany. Photo: Esther Horvath Virus delay, early ice melt...

Frank Jordans, AP News - They prepared for icy cold...
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The German Arctic research vessel Polarstern in the ice next to a research camp in the Arctic region, on April 24, 2020. Manuel Ernst—Alfred-Wegner-Institut/AP Arctic Science Mission Faces...

Frank Jordans, AP News/TIME - They prepared for icy cold...
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Researchers with the MOSAiC polar expedition inspect the ice in November. Life now feels surreal as they socialize normally, trying to imagine the global pandemic shutdown. Esther Horvath/Alfred Wegener Institute There Is A Place With No...

Molly Samuel, NPR - How far would you go...
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Scientists working as part of the Mosaic expedition, a big international research project to study the Arctic, have been “very well-insulated from the coronavirus,” said Chris Marsay, a research associate at the University of Georgia Skidaway Institute of Oceanography. Still, they worry about family and friends and wonder about the “completely different way of life” back at home. CREDIT ESTHER HORVATH / ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUTE Isolated From The Coronavirus...

Molly Samuel, NPR - There's a place where people...
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Hoarfrost covers the snow where researchers cross a lagoon in Utqiavik, AK on April 9, 2019. (Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post) How a record-strong Arctic weather...

Maddie Smith, The Washington Post - An unusually pronounced Arctic weather...
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MOSAiC Participants Imagining Home: scientist’s stay...

Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - WHOI biologist...
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Researchers unload scientific instruments from the Polarstern and put them on sleds for delivery to Met City, located about 600 meters from the ship. Why the MOSAiC Expedition's...

Michelle Nijhuis, Smithsonian Magazine - Few people would choose...
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The Polarstern, right, and the Russian icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn during a transfer of supplies and personnel in December. Coronavirus Interrupts...

Henry Fountain, The New York Times - With a scheduled mission...
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Sunset From satellites to sea ice...

Audrey Payne, National Snow and Ice Data Center - “The first time I saw...
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RV Polarstern Pandemic Delays Return Of...

Ravenna Koenig, NPR - A massive, year...
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RV Polarstern Scientists locked in ice planned...

Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post - When 43 scientists set...
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Icebreaker Scientist Ends First Leg of...

Rachel Kaplan, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences - As the sun set on 2019...
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icebreakers Fresh Food and Faces in the...

CIRES - After weeks of churning...
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Scientist in warm clothing on a boat. WHOI biologist to join massive...

Christine Legere, Cape Cod Times - Carin Ashjian will...
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Polar bear How Long Do We Have...

Shannon Hall, Wired - With the frozen top of...
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Scientist working in the field How an arctic science...

Cory Reppenhagen, 9news - MOSAiC is the...
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icebreaker The Voyage to the End of Ice

Shannon Hall, Quanta Magazine - Arctic ice is disappearing...
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Arctic instruments What will an ice-free Arctic...

Martha Henriques, BBC - As climate change...
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Icebreaker in ice Voyagers to the 'epicenter of...

Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post - Not long after the Arctic sun set...
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Ship in port Historic expedition finds a 'new Arctic'

Chelsea Harvey, Climate Wire - The first leg of an ambitious...
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Scientists working on ice Polar Bears, Ice Cracks, And...

Ravenna Koenig, NPR - In September 2019...
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Scientists in the Arctic Scientists plan year locked in ice...

Kristen Pope, Yale Climate Connections - The MOSAiC project is 'the biggest...
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scientists repair equipment on ice The First Big Storm

CIRES - A three-day storm, 40-mph winds cut power to science “cities”...
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Ice Young Researchers Feel Excitement...

Ravenna Koenig, NPR - Arctic researchers just starting out face an...
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ship at night on ice Stuck in Arctic Ice

Henry Fountain, New York Times - Despite difficult ice conditions...
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map The Challenges Scientists Face...

Ravenna Koenig, NPR - The Arctic Ocean is a stunning place...
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View from the icebreaker Inside MOSAiC: How a year-long Arctic...

Daisy Dunne, Carbon Brief - The world’s largest polar research expedition...
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Ship in ice How to erase a ship—Arctic...

Shannon Hall, Science - Aboard the Polarstern in the Arctic Ocean
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meteorological balloon Frozen Researchers Will Greatly...

Shannon Hall, Scientific American - Their data will also bolster climate...
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red ship on white ice The Ripple Effects Of Shrinking...

Ravenna Koenig, NPR - Arctic sea ice is one of the most dramatic...
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ship covered in ice Searching For Solid Ice As Scientists 'Freeze In'...

Ravenna Koenig, NPR - High up in the Arctic Ocean close to the North Pole...
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Shannon Hall photo of Arctic sun Searching for a Rectangular Sun...

Shannon Hall, The New York Times - As winter sets in...
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weather.com video screenshot Stuck in the Arctic Ice

Dan Wright, The Weather Channel - Wright speaks to researchers...
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view from the captains chair 'It's all quite devastating': Documenting the rapid loss of Arctic sea ice

Thomas Page, CNN - The Arctic is heating twice as fast as the global average.
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Amanda Deisler on Seeker This Arctic Expedition is Freezing a Ship...

Seeker - Semany Gashaw produced an engaging short video on MOSAiC...
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ship crew Why this ship is spending a year frozen in the Arctic

Martha Henriques, BBC - The world’s largest polar expedition...
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ship in thick ice Researchers Are Freezing Their Ship...

Ravenna Koenig, NPR - One of the most ambitious polar science...
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small people in a line on the ice, beside icebreaker An Ambitious Research Expedition...

Mary Louise Kelley, NPR - The first challenge is to find a massive chunk of ice...
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The Polarstern ship parked in Arctic ice at sunset. How to Park a Ship in Ice

CIRES - Scientists on Polarstern are searching for...
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scientists on ice The biggest Arctic expedition in history is launching for the North Pole

Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post - Hundreds of scientists are about to...
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ship in ice Trapped: why 300 scientists are locking themselves in Arctic ice

Quirin Schiermeier, Nature - Warming temperatures are changing the Arctic...
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Polarstern ship on ice Epic Climate Science Mission Begins

CIRES, NSF, AWI, DOE - CU Boulder researchers join international colleagues for epic Arctic mission
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shadow of ship Marooned: Researchers Will Freeze Their Ship...

Shannon Hall, Scientific American - Scientists setting sail to the North Pole will become stranded...
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Graphic of ice camp MOSAiC's Ice Camp

AWI - Check out this interactive graphic showing the small city of instruments and facilities that will be set up on the ice!
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Drifting North: The Trailer

Amy Richman and Lianna Nixon - Two CU Boulder graduate students, funded by NSF, are producing a planetarium show about the expedition.
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Polarstern ship frozen in ice, scientists in foreground Lock this Ship in Ice...

Eli Kintish, Science - Science reporter Eli Kintish writes about the international mission to study Arctic climate (article may have paywall).
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arctic sea ice lead, low sun Into the Arctic

Trent Knoss, CU Boulder - The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on the planet, with enormous implications for the future of global climate.
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scientists in blowing snow, dark Drifting with the Ice

Trent Knoss, CU Boulder - The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on the planet, with enormous implications for the future of global climate.
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LANL's Heath Powers and CIRES/NOAA's Matthew Shupe An Epic Investigation

DOE ARM - More than 10 years after the idea was conceived, the largest research expedition to the central Arctic will commence September 20, 2019.
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Trapped in the Arctic

Kathy Bogan, CIRES - In September 2019 the German research icebreaker Polarstern will depart from Tromsø, Norway...
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screenshot of washpo headline and pic From the Washington Post

Sarah Kaplan - Sarah Kaplan from the Washington Post captured the intensity of a MOSAiC training week in Utquiagvik, Alaska, this spring. 
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two people on building, checking equipment From DOE: Counting down...

Anjeli Doty, Los Alamos National Laboratory ARM team - Counting down to the launch of mega-campaign MOSAiC, by Anjeli Doty, DOE
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Polarstern parked on ice Grad student joins MOSAiC

College of Engineering & Applied Science - Graduate student Sean Horvath was one of 20 applicants from many countries selected for MOSAiC School 2019.
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