Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC): Science Planning Workshop
June 27–29, 2012
Concept of MOSAiC
Establish an international, multi-year, manned, drifting observatory in the central Arctic sea-ice pack to obtain comprehensive observations of interdependent atmosphere, sea-ice, and ocean processes that are important to the Arctic climate system. The drifting observatory will act as a centerpiece for a mosaic of coordinated and distributed observational activities throughout the Arctic Basin. Together these observational activities will comprise a testbed for process, regional, and global model evaluation and development. (Broad Objectives, Science Questions and Justification for MOSAiC)
Clearly delineate the high-level science drivers and questions concerning the central Arctic climate that can and should be addressed using a drifting observatory and related activities. Emphasis will be on defining fundamental questions that capture the important process-level linkages between the Arctic sea-ice, ocean, and atmosphere. An additional objective is to develop pathways towards broader coordination of these activities within the Arctic science community. Workshop results will contribute towards the development of a MOSAiC Science Plan.
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