The most ambitious Arctic research expedition ever undertaken has come to a successful end after spending more than a year researching climate change in the Arctic. A total of 442 researchers, seven ships, several aircraft and more than 80 institutions from 20 countries were involved in the MOSAIC (Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) project. They have brought back countless samples and comprehensive data, which will be used to gain new knowledge and make the right choices – for the future of the Arctic, and with it, the future of our planet.
Though today the Central Arctic is a frozen landscape in winter, the ice is only half as thick as it was 40 years ago, and the winter temperatures the expedition encountered were nearly always 10 degrees warmer than what Fridtjof Nansen experienced on his ground-breaking Arctic expedition over 125 years ago,” said Expedition Leader and head of the MOSAiC project at Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany).
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