The Arctic plays an important role in the earth’s climate, but our knowledge about the winter there is limited. The polar region is changing. The sea ice has been shrinking for decades. Why is that? We search for answers in the far north.
The Polarstern is a ship laboratory, drifting in Arctic ice. Part of MOSAiC, a large-scale expedition led by Germany's Alfred Wegener Institute, it's measuring climate change at the North Pole. And setting new records.
The Polarstern, a German research vessel, has found a suitable ice floe to begin its 12-month drift through the Arctic ice sheet. The ship's crew will research the effects of climate change on Arctic ice.
For one year, a research ship called "Polarstern" will drift through the frozen Arctic. Researchers want to better understand the influence of the Arctic on climate, says cruise leader Christian Haas in a DW interview.
Canada's 4,000-year-old Milne Ice Shelf has broken apart due to melting from both hotter air above and warmer water below. Much of the Earth's ice shelves have collapsed because of rising temperatures in both poles.
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