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The IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We'll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction www.polarprediction.com
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Here is the second episode on the YOPP Targeted Observing Periods, or TOPs. This time, we speak to Thomas Jung, head of the section Climate Dynamics at the German Alfred Wegener Institute and professor for Physics of the Climate System at the University of Bremen. Even more important, as the chair of the Polar Prediction Project's Steering Group, he is the captain and structured mind behind YOPP and PPP. His ability to chair a meeting even with fever from his bed not only provides him with all the skills needed to steer the Polar Prediction Project during a pandemic, but has been the ultimate test of his leadership skills. Keeping a healthy balance between management and science is probably his secret to success, in addition to creating extensive but ultrapractical mindmaps and building an international network across the academic community and forecasting experts. Thomas has also been the winner of our YOPP TOP Twitter challenge. How did he overcome the jumpiness of forecast? Here, he unveils his secret: Well, it's just like planning your next barbecue weekend (something we all look forward to during this COVID-19 summer). Take your time between an ice cream and a cold drink and listen to this episode for a look behind the scenes of YOPP, how the project came to life and how it still surprises its master of mind maps and virtual meetings.  For updates and other materials, check also our website: https://theicepodcast.home.blog/Arctic Drift Audiologbuch (in German): https://open.spotify.com/show/2f321wQiWNhIpGdi57aoRr?si=h9pA2a8BRJS4Xh-xQSM63AThe IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We’ll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic. Editorial responsibility: Kirstin Werner and Sara Pasqualetto Music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/) Photo credit: Martina Buchholz (Alfred Wegener Institute)
Gunilla Svensson is a meteorology professor at 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 is YOPPSiteMIP? And what is a Targeted Observing Period? Well, listen to our new bonus episode of the IcePod where we speak with Gunilla about one of the key activities for the Year of Polar Prediction. In our first episode of what we call the TOP series of the IcePod, Gunilla explains not only what these pan-Arctic campaigns of enhanced observations are meant for. She also talks about how the TOP studies of warm air intrusions from the mid-latitudes to the central Arctic are impacted by COVID-19. And: why Polarstern's current location in the Arctic is a paradise for every Arctic scientist. Observations are just one part of the puzzle, and so is modelling. But blending the two allows to see the bigger picture. This is done within the YOPP Supersite Model Intercomparison activity – which is a long title so we just call it YOPPSiteMIP. Here, atmospheric and sea ice data from across the Arctic including MOSAiC, and respective modelling output are currently simultaneously examined. For updates and other materials, check also our website: https://theicepodcast.home.blog/Arctic Drift Audiologbuch (in German): https://open.spotify.com/show/2f321wQiWNhIpGdi57aoRr?si=h9pA2a8BRJS4Xh-xQSM63AThe IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We’ll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic. Editorial responsibility: Kirstin Werner and Sara Pasqualetto Music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/) Photo credit: Eva Dalin (Stockholm University)
When the world still has been in order and people were allowed to hang out in cosy offices, we met with Markus Rex, leader of the MOSAiC ice drift, who came to Bremerhaven for two days in February to join the YOPP Science Workshop at the Alfred Wegener Institute. Markus Rex is one of those people who always manage to sleep well, even when the stress level is high. In his interview with us, he talks about the greatest challenges, nicest moments and biggest surprises during Leg 1 of the MOSAiC expedition. Luckily, coordinating MOSAiC means not only work to him: Finding those rare moments of solitude skiing on the ice floe, with the full moon enlightening the out-of-the-world Arctic landscape, gives him reward and energy. At the moment, Markus is preparing for his return to the Arctic with Leg 4. As excited as he is to see the ice camp in daylight, we wonder: Will he be able to sleep even during polar day?For updates and other materials, check also our website: https://theicepodcast.home.blog/Arctic Drift Audiologbuch (in German): https://open.spotify.com/show/2f321wQiWNhIpGdi57aoRr?si=h9pA2a8BRJS4Xh-xQSM63AThe IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We’ll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic. Editorial responsibility: Kirstin Werner and Sara Pasqualetto Music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/) Photo credit: Esther Horvath (Alfred Wegener Institute)
Remote Sensing Episode 2 of The IcePod is now online! In this episode, we talk to Gunnar Spreen from the University of Bremen who joined leg 1 of the MOSAiC sea-ice drift. After the Moon Episode with Stefan Hendricks, we dive even deeper into how the two Space Lords, Gunnar and Stefan, use remote sensing techniques  to study Arctic sea ice. Gunnar brings his expertise on sea-ice physics and how to use satellites to tell us more about the status of the (decreasing) sea ice into the MOSAiC Project Board. Listen to why Gunnar did prefer studying sea ice instead of apple trees and how he likes his eggs cooked by Polarstern's chief cook on Thursdays and Sundays. Find out why Gunnar isn't happy with cloud uncertainties in satellite data and with scientists not taking part often enough in public debates. In this fourth episode of The IcePod, Gunnar explains to us how do microwaves help him to figure out the season's maximum sea-ice extent, why a carpenter is needed to help scientists fix their broken instruments, and he uncovers for us what people get as their birthday present at Polarstern and which MOSAiC team jacket he wore not only during the expedition but now and then also in his office in Bremen.If you miss the music, find the very special playlist that Gunnar created on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6znTLn5FvVbV0iqUjixfsw?si=rnjItx6jTMSJckcdO_tMXA If you want to listen to the full episode with music, check back with us: polarprediction@gmail.comFor updates and other materials, check also our website: https://theicepodcast.home.blog/Arctic Drift Audiologbuch (in German): https://open.spotify.com/show/2f321wQiWNhIpGdi57aoRr?si=h9pA2a8BRJS4Xh-xQSM63AThe IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We’ll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic. Editorial responsibility: Kirstin Werner and Sara Pasqualetto Music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/) Photo credit: Esther Horvath (Alfred Wegener Institute)
Here’s the Moon Episode of the IcePod! For our Third Episode, we met with Stefan Hendricks, who is a sea ice physicist at the Alfred Wegener Institute and joined Leg 1 on board Polarstern with the Remote Sensing Team. Not only we talked with Stefan about the Moon – the Earth satellite, which had quite some impact on Leg 1 sea ice conditions – but also about Saturn's Moon (as you will hear, Stefan knows a bunch of fun facts also about other moons), the freeboard, the weightwatchers club on Polarstern and about his favourite satellites. Remote sensing is like looking at the Earth through binoculars; and with the new techniques, applied by Stefan and his colleagues during MOSAiC, you can learn lots of things about sea ice. After some hard work, Remote Sensing City was eventually built along with the other cities on the ice. What happens when lunar and solar tides are teaming up, and why Stefan prefers doing science rather than eating cake. Apparently, no one sleepwalked during polar night while the Moon was shining brightly and gave a spectacular light for Stefan’s photos. Check out our Instagram account @polarprediction to see his pictures! If you miss the music, find the very special Moon playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1Lp71u8B81yLdKYV5V8ZPJ?si=u2tSEqUWQM-HQ4wCwj3CKgIf you want to listen to the full episode with music, check back with us: polarprediction@gmail.comFor updates and other materials, check also our website: https://theicepodcast.home.blog/Arctic Drift Audiologbuch (in German): https://open.spotify.com/show/2f321wQiWNhIpGdi57aoRr?si=h9pA2a8BRJS4Xh-xQSM63AThe IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We’ll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic. Editorial responsibility: Kirstin Werner and Sara Pasqualetto Music from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/) Photo credit: Mario Hoppman (Alfred Wegener Institute) on Stefan's camera ;-)
On our second episode we take a further look behind the scenes of MOSAiC. The master student and professional photographer Thea Schneider was one of the lucky ones, namely one of the twenty early career scientists who went on board the Russian icebreaker Akademik Fedorov, which supported Polarstern in the Central Arctic.In our interview, Thea tells us about the difficulties of assembling a sea-ice buoy without IKEA instructions, what a smoking curl has to do with Arctic turbulences, and how lonesome you can (not) be as a vegetarian among Russian meat-eaters.How does a photographer look at the Arctic, and how does a physicist? - Both are very creative, and with Thea, everything comes together. Because at heart, she is a theoretical physicist: she loves equations; through physics she found a way to make her photography more complete.And, if you are looking for a PhD student who likes modelling and at the same time enjoys field work in the Arctic, maybe Thea is the choice...If you miss the music, find the very special playlist by Thea on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7453NmXDDuQDHVCKeFZDRw?si=CgoSqJZeS5ayTcHkwXz0wAIf you want to listen to the full episode with music, check back with us: polarprediction@gmail.comFor updates and other materials, check also our website: https://theicepodcast.home.blog/Arctic Drift Audiologbuch (in German): https://open.spotify.com/show/2f321wQiWNhIpGdi57aoRr?si=h9pA2a8BRJS4Xh-xQSM63AThe IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We’ll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic.Editorial responsibility: Kirstin Werner and Sara PasqualettoMusic from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/)Photo credit: Thomas Rackow
Because it's Christmas, we like to give to all of you a special gift that you can enjoy during the holiday season. In this bonus episode, the sea-ice scientist Stefanie Arndt shares with us how she's preparing for her departure to join the MOSAiC ice camp end of January. Steffi has been involved in the Year of Polar Prediction for a long time deploying sea-ice buoys in the Antarctic. Now she's going to the other side of the world to measure snow and sea-ice conditions in the central Arctic during Leg 3 of the MOSAiC campaign. Hear about how she prepares as a polar bear guard and sort of a firefighter on the ice and why her parents would rather want her to be the "weather guy" on TV than spending more than a year in total in the polar regions. Leg 3 will be the coldest period of the expedition, and Steffi has particular preparation for that (not only her woollen underwear). But the sun is coming back at some point...And by the way: if you miss the music, find our very special Christmas playlist on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3rI1ESnSZB8yO0YTiAylHZ?si=9maPQz2hQf-zeyFj3wVM5AIf you want to listen to the full episode with music, check back with us: polarprediction@gmail.comFor updates and other materials, check also our website: https://theicepodcast.home.blog/Links to other podcasts: Arctic Drift Audiologbuch (in German): https://open.spotify.com/show/2f321wQiWNhIpGdi57aoRr?si=h9pA2a8BRJS4Xh-xQSM63ATreibholz (also in German): https://open.spotify.com/show/71J1rtJW70grknSw3aP2u2?si=uW7jYbTnQ6myJnWfP8-NiQThe IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We’ll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic.Editorial responsibility: Kirstin Werner and Sara PasqualettoMusic from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/)Photo credit: Stefan Hendricks/Alfred Wegener Institute
Here is the first episode!In an interview with us, climate scientist Thomas Rackow talks about his duties as a YOPP modelling lecturer for the MOSAiC school aboard the Russian research icebreaker Akademik Fedorov that accompanied Polarstern on her transit into the central Arctic sea ice in September and October 2019. It's all about first times: not only Rabe Socke went to the Arctic for the first time, but also Thomas had his first glimpse of northern lights, and got the polar virus. How is it to put your first step on Arctic sea ice and at the same time becoming a VIP by carrying a walkie-talkie around? Thanks to T-Racks, everyone on board Akademik Fedorov is able now to predict where the sea ice goes and sing along with Thomas on his ukulele.And by the way: if you miss the music, find the very special playlist by Thomas on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/1TvucfsBWJ3VrJtOukAsQF?si=GoFc5_XVTNm8HiLPOjF3ggIf you want to listen to the full episode with music, check back with us: polarprediction@gmail.comFor updates and other materials, check also our website: https://theicepodcast.home.blog/Arctic Drift Audiologbuch (in German): https://open.spotify.com/show/2f321wQiWNhIpGdi57aoRr?si=h9pA2a8BRJS4Xh-xQSM63ACuriously Polar: https://open.spotify.com/show/0HqZdOUwP78cF8em0nQ9Rp?si=zXBuvoCATae7HGWrBpuudQThe IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We’ll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic.Editorial responsibility: Kirstin Werner and Sara PasqualettoMusic from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/)Photo credit: Sam Cornish
The IcePod Trailer Two

The IcePod Trailer Two

2019-10-1607:45

In the second trailer of the IcePod we talk to the mathematician and climate scientist Thomas Rackow. Thomas joins the organizing team of the MOSAiC School as a lecturer on climate and sea-ice modelling. About twenty early career scientist were lucky to be chosen to participate in the MOSAiC School that takes place aboard the Russian icebreaker Akademik Fedorov. The Fedorov supports the German research icebreaker Polarstern on her transit into the central Arctic. Once arrived in the Arctic, Thomas Rackow and the MOSAiC School participants will help the various MOSAiC teams to set up a Distributed Regional Network of observational sites within an area of up to ~50 km distance around RV Polarstern frozen into the ice. When Thomas Rackow is back from the central Arctic, we are going to meet him in the studio of RadioWeser.TV for a full interview. So stay tuned for our first episode of the IcePod, coming in November! The IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We’ll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic. Editorial responsibility: Kirstin Werner and Sara PasqualettoMusic from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/)
The IcePod Trailer One

The IcePod Trailer One

2019-09-1610:561

This is the first trailer of the IcePod podcast. The IcePod is the podcast about polar science and the people. We’ll talk to scientists who went on board Polarstern, the German research icebreaker, for the biggest research expedition in the Arctic. The IcePod is the official podcast of the Year of Polar Prediction initiative to improve weather and sea-ice forecast in the Arctic and Antarctic. Editorial responsibility: Kirstin Werner and Sara PasqualettoMusic from https://filmmusic.io"Sweeter Vermouth" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)Licence: CC BY (https://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/)
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