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UK research teams join ‘largest polar expedition in history’

Image: Hannes Grobe [CC BY-SA 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Seven UK research teams are joining hundreds of scientists in a year-long journey through the heart of the Arctic, aboard a German icebreaker frozen into sea ice.

The research icebreaker RV Polarstern set off on 20 September from Norway carrying some 300 researchers from 17 countries, as part of the multi-disciplinary drifting observatory for the study of Arctic climate programme (MOSAiC).

It will be frozen into the Arctic sea ice and then drift across the top of the Arctic Ocean to investigate the “epicentre” of global warming in the hope of better understanding the climate crisis.

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