FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) The expedition by researchers into the frozen Arctic Ocean to study the Arctic climate has commenced.
The MOSiAC ship 'Polarstern' launched September 20th in Norway and plans to keep their ship ice locked in the frozen sea for a year. Scientists from 19 different countries have teamed up to figure out why the Arctic is warming faster than any other region on the planet by capturing data of samples of the area.
According to Rob Rember, who is among 5 UAF scientists currently on board the ship, the journey began smoothly.
Their first step is retrieving samples from the bottom of the ocean, and then heading north to set up camp for the year.
Ana Aguilar-Islas, a chemical oceanographer from UAF, will be going on the later expedition in April.
She explained that it was recently found that the minimum sea ice extent has reached the second lowest it's ever been.
She clarified just how concerning this is.
"Sea ice plays an important role in the climate of our planet and so [in] losing the sea ice we also lose the process by which we can emit some of the incoming radiation back out to space and not warm as much as we would otherwise,” said Aguilar-Islas.
More information about the expedition can be found at the official blog and the MOSAiC social media pages.
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