When I started writing this blog, I remembered a news item on an exciting expedition due to set off to the Arctic waters that was published on our website. It said: "On the evening of 10 August 2019, the research vessel Polarstern left her homeport in Bremerhaven, Germany. The purpose of the expedition is to conduct studies at a major long-term monitoring station in the Arctic: the AWI’s Hausgarten observatory in the Fram Strait.”
Greatest Arctic Research Expedition of All Times
"Here experts from various disciplines are investigating all aspects of the ecosystem, from the water’s surface to the ocean depths, in order to determine the impacts of climate change on biodiversity in the Arctic,” the news report continued. "The actual start of what is called the greatest Arctic research expedition of all times will be when the icebreaker – moored to an ice floe – will drift through the Central Arctic with the sea ice.”
How Big Is the CO2 Footprint?
Almost immediately after this quite remarkable news was published, accompanied by some spectacular pictures, I received an email from a scientist who was wondering how big the CO2 footprint of the expedition, named MOSAIC, would be. In other words, should an expedition like this continue, despite the pollution it will probably cause? Although I asked around and contacted several specialists, I don’t yet have an answer to this intriguing question.
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