Episode Eleven – Zoe and the Quiet Ocean

Number Eleven! It’s the ocean episode. As we finally enter the last leg of the MOSAiC expedition, we get to talk to Zoe Koenig who is an Arctic physical oceanographer at the University of Bergen and the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø. Zoe was leading team Ocean during leg 5 which clearly differed from the …

Episode Ten – Binoculars are my Weapons

For the tenth episode of The IcePod, we jump from the scientific part to the logistical aspects of the expedition. To carry out research in the living room of the polar bears requires people who take care of keeping everybody safe. “The binoculars are my weapons“, says Laura Schmidt, member of the Safety and Logistics …

Episode Nine – Hugs, Dips in Melt Ponds, and WiFi on the Ice

If anybody has an idea of the uncountable number of data points retrieved during the MOSAiC one-year ice drift, it can only be Antonia Immerz. Antonia is the data manager of MOSAiC, she has joined leg 1 and leg 4 onboard Polarstern, and she is one of the few lucky ones (or should we rather …

Episode Eight – Snowflakes, Pee Bottles and a Mosaic of Floes

In episode eight of the IcePod, we get to hear back from one of our previous guests – Stefanie Arndt who already spoke with us before leaving for the Arctic (Bonus Episode One). After 145 days away from her home in Bremerhaven, she tells us all about MOSAiC expedition leg 3. Stefanie Arndt is a …

Episode 7 – The Weather Man

Have you managed to make your hobby a profession? Everybody tries – Robert Hausen succeeded. For the seventh episode of The IcePod, we met with Robert Hausen who works as a forecaster for the German Weather Service (DWD) and joined leg 3 of the MOSAiC expedition. Since Robert was a kid, he always waited for …

Live Episode – Paid to Look at the Clouds and Play with Balloons

The IcePod goes live and Antarctic! For our first live episode that we broadcasted during the APECS workshop “Antarctic Science: Global connections”, we met with the Australian weather observer and Ph.D. candidate Vicki Heinrich. Well, actually, it wasn’t only Vicki but we had another special guest: Vickie’s pet cat sneaking around.  For more than ten …

Episode 6 – Measuring the Zeros

For the sixth episode, The IcePod went overseas where we connected with Taneil Uttal in Boulder, Colorado. Taneil is a meteorologist at NOAA, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. To join the second leg of MOSAiC, Taneil didn’t have to do anything but hire Matt Shupe – MOSAiC’s co-lead – many years ago. How …

Episode 5 – 77 Luftballons

In episode 5 of The IcePod, the podcast about polar science and the people, atmospheric scientist and project manager of MOSAiC Anja Sommerfeld explains why she set her alarm clock to exactly 7.13 am every morning during Leg 2, what it took to prepare 77 early-morning weather balloons for their ascent, and why working with …

Bonus Episode – PPP Captain Thomas Jung

Here is the second episode on the YOPP Targeted Observing Periods, or TOPs. This time, we speak to Thomas Jung, professor for Physics of the Climate System at the German Alfred Wegener Institute and the University of Bremen. Even more important, as the chair of the Polar Prediction Project’s Steering Group, he is the captain …

Bonus Episode – Gunilla Svensson

Gunilla Svensson is a meteorology professor at the Stockholm University, Sweden. She is also member of the Polar Prediction Project’s Steering Group and leads the YOPP Processes Task Team. Within her role, she coordinates the YOPPSiteMIP project and the currently ongoing YOPP Targeted Observing Periods, or TOPs, aligned with MOSAiC. Wait a minute – what …

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