Focus on the Arctic Climate: German Scientists on Missions in the Arctic by Ship and Plane
It is the end of May and time for many Germans to take out their bikes and enjoy the pleasant temperature. However, this is not on the minds of more than 60 meteorologists and physicists. Instead, their thoughts are on their upcoming journey through Arctic regions in frigid temperatures. Soon, they will start their elaborate survey of the regions between Greenland and Spitsbergen (Svalbard) on board two specially equipped research planes and one research vessel. Their mission includes finding out what role the Arctic cloud cover plays in the amplified Arctic climate change. The scientists will have eight weeks to answer this and other questions. Their work will contribute to the project 'Arctic Climate Change' funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG; Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) as part of the Umbrella Research Programme (DFG Sonderforschungsbereich) Transregio 172.