Arctic Ocean 2018 is an ambitious expedition to the Arctic that aims to establish an in situ laboratory alongside one of the Arctic’s multi-year ice floes. Departing from Longyearbyen, Svalbard, the icebreaker Oden will make a quick transit north from Fram Strait into the pack ice, looking for a large, persistent ice floe on which to build an experimental camp.
The ship will drift with this ice floe for about five weeks. During that time scientists from fourteen different research projects will collaborate on-board to collect measurements and samples and from the ocean and ice as well as the air. The samples will help to better understand the important role of clouds in the Arctic climate system as well as the role of microbes in the process of cloud formation. Researchers will take detailed observations from the ocean surface through the troposphere, especially targeting the surface energy balance and the vertical structure of the lower troposphere, including clouds, will explore sources of aerosols in the upper ocean, as well as sea ice biology and chemistry.
The expedition is a collaboration between the Arctic Climate Across Scales project (ACAS), a YOPP-endorsed project, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, and co-funded by INTAROS; together with collaborators from Leeds University (UK) funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and Stockholm University, funded by the Swedish Research Council. Other participants are funded by the US’ National Science Foundation.
For more information on the expedition, visit the Arctic Ocean 2018 site.
You can check out all the observing sites assessed by INTAROS in this interactive map.
01 July 2018