ARICE invites for a webinar organized by APECS and IOPAN. This webinar is dedicated to pre-cruise planning and preparing for ship-based research activities. Dr Agnieszka Beszczynska-Möller, physical oceanographer at Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences (IOPAN) with extensive experience as a cruise leader of multiple Arctic scientific expeditions, will talk about planning ship-based and long-term oceanographic field studies and pre-cruise logistics.

APECS, ARICE and the MOSAiC partners work together to organize the MOSAiC School 2019 on board of the support icebreaker RV Akademik Fedorov. This 6-week training is part of the first leg of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) which will be the first year-around expedition exploring the coupled Arctic climate system. The project 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).

In the MOSAiC Project, 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.

Please find more information on the MOSAiC School here

ARICE organizes a workshop entitled "Towards an European Network of Polar Research Vessels in the Arctic", as a side event to the 31st International Research Ship Operators (IRSO) 2018 Meeting in Barcelona, Spain.
The ARICE workshop will take place on the 4th of October, 16:00-18:45, at the CMIMA-CSIC, in Barcelona.

In the Arctic Ocean, the collection of environmental data is still very limited due to the difficulty in accessing ice-covered waters. However, there is an urgent need for more data.
Enhanced data coverage would benefit both the science community and the Arctic marine industry. It would help to deepen the understanding of the wide range of processes behind the changes in the Arctic. This data is also needed for better weather and ice forecasting models and risk assessment studies, and thus a key to improved safety and sustainability of all the operations in the Arctic Ocean.

ARICE has been featured in an article from RESEARCHconnect on International Research Mobility, "Breaking the Ice with International Research Mobility" presented at the EARMA Conference in Brussels, 16-18 April 2018 (

The "ARICE - Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium" Kick-off meeting was held at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven, 6th to 7th of February 2018 and brought together 45 participants, representing all fifteen partner institutions from Europe, Canada and the USA, as well as key cooperation partners. The two-day meeting allowed work package leads to give an overview of the tasks ahead and fostered constructive discussions to pave the way towards a fruitful collaboration across borders. The ARICE consortium thus emerged eager to join efforts towards providing researchers with improved access to Research Icebreakers.

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