I’m excited to announce that after a few years working on Antarctic lakes, I’m getting back to my Arctic marine roots! In just 9 days, I head to Tromsø, Norway to participate in the MOSAiC School, organized by the Alfred Wegner Institute, the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS), among others. This short course is associated with the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) Expedition.
I will be joining 19 other students from 12 countries aboard the icebreaker RV Akademik Fedorov for a 6 week research cruise in the Central Arctic. This ship will be supporting the larger RV Polarstern, which will conduct research in the Arctic for an entire year while frozen in drifting sea ice. The goal of this groundbreaking expedition is to investigate atmosphere – sea ice – ocean dynamics to better understand Arctic climate. It is the first year-round expedition to investigate the coupled Arctic climate system.
I’m incredibly grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity. I look forward to gaining more hands on experience in polar science while learning from leading Arctic scientists and my fellow MOSAiC School students!