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What Are They Doing?

Photo Courtesy of Mosaic
Photo Courtesy of Mosaic
The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) will be the first year-round expedition into the central Arctic exploring the Arctic climate system. The project 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).

MOSAiC will contribute to a quantum leap in our understanding of the coupled Arctic climate system and its representation in global climate models. The focus of MOSAiC lies on direct in-situ observations of the climate processes that couple the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, bio-geochemistry and ecosystem. MOSAiC observations will be specifically designed to characterize the important processes within the atmosphere-ice-ocean system that impact the sea-ice mass and energy budgets. These include heat, moisture, and momentum fluxes in the atmosphere and ocean, water vapor, clouds and aerosols, biogeochemical cycles in the ocean and ice, and many others. The MOSAiC project has it's own website here.

Where Are They?

Photo Courtesy of Mosaic
Photo Courtesy of Mosaic
In September 2019 the German research icebreaker Polarstern will depart from Tromsø, Norway and, once it has reached its destination, will spend the next year drifting through the Arctic Ocean, trapped in the ice.

Graphic showing the location of the ship.
Graphic of ship location.

Expedition by the numbers (from MOSAiC website).
An infographic about the MOSAiC expedition.

Latest Journals

Sugar Blobs & Stressed Out Algae The distributed network is set up! Buoys and sensors are installed in an intricate pattern for 20-30 miles around the main ice camp. We will likely circle back around to do a bit of final maintenance on the larger sites since we still have cooperative weather…
Polar Night Eve This morning, the sun rose here at latitude 85 degrees north for the last time this year. For the rest of 2019 and into February 2020 there will be no direct sunlight. The sun will not rise above the horizon for about 4 months. This is the Polar Night. For the next two weeks, we…
The Core of It All Ice coring. There is a LOT of sea ice coring happening through MOSAiC. To do this, scientists use a tube-like tool with teeth on the end to drill from the top to the bottom of the sea ice. After the drilling is done, the tool holds a cylinder of ice. Then they carefully pull the…
On the Ice! Fedorov set up our first site on the ice yesterday! The day opened with a beautiful sunrise and just got better from there. People were very excited to finally be able to get their research equipment out onto an ice floe and begin collecting data. Today, site L1 of the distributed…
Ship-based, Arctic Ocean
Project Funded Title
MOSAiC International Arctic Drift Expedition
Katie Gavenus - Environmental Educator
Environmental Educator
Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

Katie Aspen Gavenus grew up in the not-quite-Arctic town of Homer, Alaska. She is an environmental educator and program director for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. She recently completed a master's program in science education through IslandWood and the University of Washington and is committed to making science education - and education more broadly - locally relevant, culturally sustaining, inspiring, and empowering. She believes science education should be a collaborative effort between learners, educators, researchers, knowledge-bearers, and community members.

She enjoys learning, kayaking, picking berries, hiking, catching salmon, playing soccer, growing food and tide pooling. She makes good soup and is perfecting a yeasty-biscuity bread recipe. Her favorite type of plankton is ctenophores/comb jellies and she has a tiny scar from being bitten by an intertidal worm.

Anne Gold - Reseacher

Anne is the Director of CIRES Education & Outreach at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she focuses on science education for educators, students and the general public around climate and general geoscience education. She is interested in understanding and studying effective ways of teaching and learning and is dedicated to grounding her education work in solid research and evaluation. She is a climate scientist by training with a doctoral degree in Paleoclimatology from the University of Regensburg in Germany.

MOSAiC Resources

Live event on 14 October 2019 with PolarTREC educator Katie Gavenus aboard the Russian R/V Federov as part of the MOSAiC Expedition. Katie spoke with and answered questions from students at Brevig Mission school in Alaska.

Article from local Homer, Alaska station KBBI about Katie Gavenus' upcoming expedition aboard the RV Polarstern for the MOSAiC Expedition.

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