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The exhibition on the international MOSAiC expedition of the Alfred Wegener Institute shows both the Arctic nature threatened by climate change and the people who spent time in one of the most hostile zones on Earth during the polar night and polar day in 2019/2020.
The exhibition of photographs and objects from the largest research expedition of all time sheds light on the participants and their extremely demanding work, whether as researchers or as part of the crew.
Arctic images on this website:
Alfred Wegener Institute / Esther Horvath (Polar Night)
Alfred Wegener Institute / Lianna Nixon (Polar Day)
The exhibition in the Glacier Garden is a co-production with the German Alfred Wegener Institute. It conveys vividly the fascination of an expedition in extreme conditions.
What does the polar night mean for researchers, nature, technology? What happens when it is always night or day? The year-round expedition results in enormous amounts of new data and fresh awareness of climate change, but also in poignant and moving stories.
With such stories from everyday life, the expedition becomes accessible to the public and curiosity develops. Visitors are invited to reflect on the impact of humans on the earth's biological, geological, and atmospheric processes.
BACKGROUND TO THE MOSAiC EXPEDITION
In September 2019, the German research icebreaker "Polarstern", led by the Alfred Wegener Institute, left Tromsø, Norway, to freeze into an ice floe a few weeks later and drift through the Arctic for a year.
MOSAiC steht für "Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate".