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Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC), will be the first year-around expedition exploring the coupled Arctic climate system. It has been designed by an international consortium of leading polar research institutions under the umbrella of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), led by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) and the University of Colorado, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).
Research Vessel (RV) Polarstern will spend 350 days (September 2019 until September 2020) frozen into the drifting Arctic sea ice. 300 scientists will investigate the Arctic climate processes that couple the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, bio-geochemistry and ecosystem. The results of MOSAiC will enhance the understanding of the regional and global consequences of Arctic climate change and sea-ice loss, and improve weather and climate predictions.
During the first leg of the expedition, the MOSAiC partners and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) work together to offer the MOSAiC School 2019 on board of the support icebreaker RV Akademik Fedorov.