3 February, 2020
Dr Markus Frey is on board Russian icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn, waiting for a weather window to make the journey north to join the MOSAiC expedition on board RV Polarstern. German research icebreaker RV Polarstern is staying close to the north pole for a full year to enable the closest ever look at the Arctic to better understand global climate change. Markus will be using the SSAASI-CLIM laboratory to research the interaction between sea ice and atmospheric particles.
Monday, 3 Feb 2020
Near Tromsø – 69°40′58″N 18°56′34″E on board the Russian icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn
T -4ºC / wspd 2 m s-1
We are now almost a week on board the Russian icebreaker, but have not made any progress yet on our way towards RV Polarstern due to a storm over the Barents Sea further North (Fig.1). We spend much of our time getting to know each other, as well as organising ourselves and the complex MOSAiC science, in numerous team meetings spread over the day. General seminars on sea ice navigation, polar bear safety and the Aurora Borealis help pass the time.
The storm in the Barents Sea has kept us in the shelter of a fjord, where the water is calm, waiting for a gap in the weather to make a dash north to the edge of the sea ice.
Finally, there is word that we’ll eventually leave tonight around 23:00, to steam North and finally see the ice … at least 10 days of very slow travel through the ice will follow. A long voyage lies ahead. Godspeed!