MOSAiC: An Arctic Observatory | 07 Oct 2019

The Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) is an international research expedition to study the physical, chemical, and biological processes that coupled the Arctic atmosphere, sea ice, ocean, and ecosystem.

  • MOSAiC is the first year-round expedition into the central Arctic exploring the Arctic climate system.
  • During the year-round operation of research, the distributed regional network of observational sites will be set up on the sea ice surrounding the ship icebreaker RV Polarstern.
    • The icebreaker RV Polarstern is a German Research Vessel which is mainly used for research in the Arctic and Antarctica.
  • The results of MOSAiC will contribute to enhance understanding of the regional and global consequences of Arctic climate change and sea-ice loss and improve weather and climate predictions.
  • The project has been designed by an international consortium of leading polar research institutions, under the umbrella of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).

International Arctic Science Committee

  • The International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is a non-governmental, international scientific organization
  • IASC promotes and supports leading-edge interdisciplinary research in order to foster a greater scientific understanding of the Arctic region and its role in the Earth system.

Source: TH