The Polarstern and the Fedorov sidled up to each other to exchange personnel and equipment via cranes on deck. Sea ice floats between them. Credit: Sean Horvath

From satellites to sea ice: a budding scientist’s journey to the Arctic

Sean Horvath, a PhD student at the University of Colorado Boulder, gained Arctic research experience by taking part in the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) School. The school is affiliated with the MOSAiC expedition, a $150-million scientific research mission to study the Arctic climate system by freezing a German icebreaker into sea ice for a year. 


This maps show trend for Arctic Sea Ice as part of the Sea Ice Analysis Tool

Seeing sea ice: A new tool shows dynamic changes

A new data visualization tool, the Sea Ice Analysis Tool, has just been added to the Arctic Sea Ice News & Analysis (ASINA) website. The tool helps users customize sea ice extent and concentration data into graphs or maps based on their chosen criteria.


Team JANE assembled the AMIGOS towers on the top of the NSIDC building in Boulder, Colorado, so they could test it undisturbed. From left to right: Skylar Edwards, Raymie Fotherby, Emma Tomlinson, Coovi Meha, Ryan Weatherbee, and Jack Soltys.

Ice station: CU students contribute to Antarctic research

Team JANE, a group of seven undergraduate students at the University of Colorado Boulder, spent a year building a system for researchers to use to better understand Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica as part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration. 


Survival mode: Adaptability of phytoplankton in the changing Arctic Ocean

A team of researchers use sea ice concentration data at NSIDC to catch another massive phytoplankton bloom under thick Arctic sea ice in the Chukchi Sea.