The largest polar expedition in history: Climate change and the Arctic

In this episode we discuss the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) expedition. MOSAiC is the largest polar expedition in history with the objective of taking the closest look ever at the Arctic as the epicenter of global warming and to better understand global climate change.

  • Why are measurements in the Arctic important for climate change science?
  • What are the logistics in a polar study involving hundreds of researchers with added complications from the Covid19 pandemic?
  • What does the future of the Arctic look like and how can international scientific collaborations help facilitate discussions among other stakeholders as well?

Our guest Prof Ian Brooks is a professor at the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds, UK. His interests primarily lie in boundary layer processes, with expertise in turbulent air-sea exchange and Arctic boundary layers. He has extensive experience in many aspects of field measurements — such as aircraft-based measurements, oceanographic research cruises, and surface-based campaigns. He has undertaken fieldwork all over the world from the central Arctic Ocean to the Weddell Sea, and from the Persian Gulf to the South China Sea. He is currently on the atmospheric science team of the MOSAiC expedition. Find him on Twitter.

Our interviewer for this episode is Dr Stephany Mazon. She is the research and communications coordinator for the PEEX Programme at the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR), University of Helsinki. The PEEX Programme is a climate, air quality, and research infrastructure initiative focused on the North-Eurasian and Arctic regions. Find her on Twitter.

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Music by Ritesh Prasanna.

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