The Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC), will be the first year-around expedition exploring the coupled Arctic climate system. It has been designed by an international consortium of leading polar research institutions under the umbrella of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC), led by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) and the University of Colorado, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES).
Research Vessel (RV) Polarstern will spend 350 days (September 2019 until September 2020) frozen into the drifting Arctic sea ice. 300 scientists will investigate the Arctic climate processes that couple the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, bio-geochemistry and ecosystem. The results of MOSAiC will enhance the understanding of the regional and global consequences of Arctic climate change and sea-ice loss, and improve weather and climate predictions.
During the first leg of the expedition, the MOSAiC partners and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS) work together to offer the MOSAiC School 2019 on board of the support icebreaker RV Akademik Fedorov.
Duration of the MOSAiC School 2019: 15 September - 26 October 2019 (plus / minus a few days (as logistical or weather conditions may require changes of travel dates)
Port of exit and entry: Tromsø, Norway
Costs: There will be no registration fee for the MOSAiC School 2019. The only costs participants will have to cover themselves are the costs of their travel to and from Tromsø, Norway. Should travel support become available, the MOSAiC School organizers will contact the selected participants. However, travel support cannot be guaranteed at this point.
The MOSAiC School 2019 will be open to up to 20 early career researchers (advanced graduate students and PhD students with no to limited experience with ship-based research).
International experts that are part of the expedition will share knowledge with the students, engage in discussions and hands-on experiences in groundbreaking research, and thus help to educate future Arctic climate experts. In addition, the participants will help the MOSAiC Teams on site to set up their instruments and experiments.
After the end of the MOSAiC School the participants will have to:
- serve as MOSAiC “ambassadors” by reporting back to their country and institutes
- Report to APECS and the MOSAiC organizers
Application deadline is on 22 January 2019 at 13:00 GMT. Only complete applications will be accepted. Late applications will not be accepted.
- Background in natural sciences with a research topic relevant to the MOSAiC project / teams
- Advanced Master Student or PhD Student
- Strong interest in ship-based research
- Good knowledge in oral and written English (as this is the language of the MOSAiC School 2019)
If approved as participant, you have to:
- if needed, visa(s) for Norway and Russia (Russian visa might be needed on the RV Fedorov)
- pass a medical check as required by AWI
- have flexibility in time around the MOSAiC School dates (as logistical or weather conditions may require changes of travel dates)
- agree to accommodation in shared cabins (4 people per cabin) on the ship
- be aware that the food on board will only accommodate in a very limited way to allergies or special food requirements (e.g. vegan, gluten free)
- be aware that there will be very limited internet on board (only emails over board server but no social media ;) )
- be aware that participants will have to complete the entire journey without the possibility of leaving the ship earlier
The schedule is subject to change.
- Gerlis Fugmann (APECS Directorate Office / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
- Lisa Grosfeld (APECS Directorate Office / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
- Josefine Lenz (APECS Directorate Office / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)
- Andrea Schneider (APECS Directorate Office / UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Norway)
- Anja Sommerfeld (MOSAiC Project Office / Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Germany)