The coronavirus crisis has reached the Arctic…
A team member of a massive international scientific project called MOSAIC has been tested positive for Covid-19 while the Polarstern research vessel is locked in Arctic ice.
Corona in the Arctic?
A researcher involved has tested positive for the coronavirus forcing the quarantine of the other 20 team members.
Although non of them are currently stationed in the Arctic, their absence will disrupt the aerial component of the research since most of that team has been quarantined.
The mission MOSAIC is operating from the German research vessel Polarstern, an icebreaker which has been intentionally frozen in Arctic sea ice since last October.
The Polarstern is currently stationed near the North Pole, where it serves as a central hub for the expedition.
An ice camp consisting of several structures is stationed nearby, along with a runway for incoming and outgoing aircraft. It’s basically a temporary city built on an ice floe.
The science project aims at understanding why the Arctic climate changes so rapidly.