TROMSOE, Norway (Reuters) – Scientists from 19 international locations are making ready to embark on a year-long expedition to the Arctic, the longest challenge of its sort, to higher perceive world climate change.
The icebreaker Polarstern is making ready to set sail from Tromsoe in northern Norway, permitting lots of of rotating researchers to spend the subsequent 12 months shut to the north pole.
“We want to go to the Arctic because it’s the epicenter of climate change,” Markus Rex, an atmospheric scientist on the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany who leads the challenge, instructed Reuters.
The expedition, referred to as Mosaic, is the primary alternative climate researchers have had to examine the Arctic in the course of the winter season because it has lacked essential icebreaker tools.
“We don’t understand the climate system in the Arctic well because we have never been there in winter,” Rex stated.
The scientists will for the primary time have the opportunity to observe the important thing climate processes within the central Arctic 12 months spherical, within the hope they are going to be in a position to generate extra sturdy climate predictions sooner or later.
“So far the climate models all have to guess somewhat about how these processes work in the central Arctic,” Rex stated.
Writing by Victoria Klesty in Oslo; Editing by Steve Orlofsky