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What you will learn

  • As virtual participants of the MOSAiC expedition, learners will explore all components of the Arctic climate system and how they are interconnected.

  • Explore what climate science is, what data scientists collect in the Arctic, and how their findings inform our understanding of weather and climate

  • Discuss the critical challenges the Arctic faces under a changing climate and how these changes impact our lives in the mid-latitudes

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100% online
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Flexible deadlines
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Beginner Level
Approx. 16 hours to complete
English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Course Introduction and Course Basics

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 40 min), 4 readings
6 videos
Module Overview2m
What and Where is the Arctic?11m
Geopolitics of the Arctic - Great Powers, Strong Institutions, Scientific Cooperation10m
The MOSAiC Expedition: An Overview7m
Exploring the New and Old Arctic - MOSAiC and the Historic Fram Expedition4m
4 readings
Syllabus10m
Virtual tour of Polarstern and Fram Ships10m
Read about the MOSAiC expedition in the news15m
MOSAiC Resources for Educators10m
Week
2

Week 2

2 hours to complete

Atmosphere in the Arctic and Beyond

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 42 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
Role of the Arctic in Earth’s Energy Budget7m
Up in the Air: Earth's Atmosphere8m
Shedding Light on Arctic Clouds8m
Arctic Feedbacks4m
Why Study the Arctic Atmosphere? Goals of the MOSAiC Atmosphere Team10m
Sea Ice Movement (Credit: DLR, TSX/TDX AO: suman_OCE3562)54s
3 readings
Atmosphere Quiz Background Context10m
Read about the MOSAiC expedition's atmosphere team in the news8m
Visit the MOSAiC ice camp10m
1 practice exercise
Atmosphere30m
Week
3

Week 3

2 hours to complete

The Arctic Ocean

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 63 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
How the Arctic Ocean Flows10m
How the Arctic Ocean Mixes10m
Where the Arctic Air and Ocean Meet9m
Ocean Chemistry and Productivity Part I10m
Ocean Chemistry and Productivity Part II11m
Why study the Arctic Ocean? Goals of the MOSAiC Ocean Team9m
2 readings
Arctic Ocean Quiz Background Context10m
Read about the MOSAiC expedition's ocean team in the news10m
1 practice exercise
Arctic Ocean30m
Week
4

Week 4

2 hours to complete

Sea Ice

2 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 77 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
9 videos
The Story of Sea Ice11m
How Sea Ice is Made7m
Sunlight and Arctic Sea Ice12m
Ridges and Leads: Sea Ice Dynamics9m
Sea Ice Kinetics9m
Sea Ice Thermodynamics - Coupling Sea Ice-Atmosphere-Ocean10m
Why study Sea Ice? Goals of the MOSAiC Sea Ice Team12m
Ice Moving on Radar! - Daily radar images capture sea ice movement and deformation in the region around the Polarstern (credit: Jari Haapala)2m
2 readings
Sea Ice Quiz Background Context10m
Read about the MOSAiC sea ice team in the news & in first science paper10m
1 practice exercise
Sea Ice30m

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