Arctic Kingdom Aids Cutting-Edge Polar Science
May 27th, 2009

In April 2009, scientists from many nations and disciplines embarked on the world’s most ambitious climate change project. The aim of expedition PAM-ARCMIP – which stands for Pan-Arctic Measurements and Arctic Climate Model Intercomparison Project – was to try and close gaps in our knowledge of how climate change will affect the Arctic in future. Climate models have highlighted the region as particularly vulnerable to climate change but existing models are not sufficiently accurate to tell us exactly what changes will take place. In total, 30 people from four nations – six research institutes and logistic institutions, including Arctic Kingdom, were involved in the project.

Central to the research was the Polar 5, a specially designed DC-3 airplane equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to measure components of the atmospheric, record the thickness of sea-ice and investigate weather processes. Over four weeks, the plane flew east to west across the Arctic, conducting experiments along the way from various bases. The project is unprecedented in terms of its size, scope and breadth of research.