UAF lecture series includes researcher’s experience in largest Arctic expedition in history

MOSAiC was the largest and most extensive Arctic expedition ever undertaken.
MOSAiC was the largest and most extensive Arctic expedition ever undertaken.(Storyblocks)
Published: Jan. 29, 2021 at 4:06 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -Beginning February 2nd the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute will kick off its 2021 Science for Alaska free public lecture series with a presentation on arctic research from a history defining expedition.

This series will run over the course of the next 6 weeks, with a new lecture taking place at 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday. The first in the series is “Going with the Floe: A Year Adrift in the Arctic Ice Pack” by Sea Ice Geophysicist Melinda Webster, who recently returned from the largest and most extensive Arctic expedition ever undertaken, MOSAiC.

“My role in the expedition was to be the group leader of the ice team on one of the legs of the expedition. This leg was right in the middle of the melt season, and this is a really cool and exciting time because the sea ice cover undergoes this massive transformation from being snow covered to being covered in melt water, and it just melts so rapidly. My goal was to work with this team to take every measurement possible to capture this change,” said Webster.

Due to the ongoing pandemic the series will be hosted virtually on both Zoom as well as the UAF and Geophysical Institute Facebook pages.

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