Did you know that UAF researchers Rob Rember and Marc Oggier from the International Arctic Research Center were part of the world’s largest and most comprehensive Arctic expedition?
They were aboard the German icebreaker Polarstern, which returned to port in October after a year-long expedition bringing with it a trove of data, along with countless samples of ice cores, snow and water collected while drifting near the North Pole. Rember and Oggier were part of the project called the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate [MOSAiC], the research vessel anchored to a large floe creating a small scientific village. In all, more than 300 scientists from 20 countries took part in the internationally funded expedition. Much of the data gathered will be used to improve scientists’ models of global warming, particularly in the Arctic, where change has been happening at a faster pace than elsewhere on the planet.