Swedish icebreaker heading for North Pole to study melting sea ice

The Swedish icebreaker Oden is headed to the North Pole for a research expedition on microbiology in the high Arctic. In this picture, the Oden carves a path through the ice off the shores of McMurdo Sound in Antarctica, in August 2008. (Larry Larsson/U.S. Navy)
The icebreaker Oden will embark next week on an Arctic research expedition to study how clouds are formed there and how that relates to tiny life forms in the ocean.

The boat will depart from Helsingborg in southern Sweden, stop in Longyearbyen, in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, to pick up scientists from around the world, and then make its way towards the North Pole, where it will moore on a large ice floe for about six weeks.

Dr. Matt Salter, is an aerosol physicist at Stockholm University, and is one of about 40 researchers taking part in the project, funded jointly by Sweden and the U.S.

He tells Radio Sweden what the group will be looking for and measuring while stationed out on the ice.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Feds announce funding to tackle climate change in Inuit region of Atlantic Canada, Eye on the Arctic

Finland: Finland to headquarter Europe’s new atmospheric research center, Yle News

Greenland: Glacier half the size of Manhattan breaks off Greenland, CBC News

Norway: Northern Barents Sea warming at alarming speed, The Independent Barents Observer

Russia: Arctic flights save time, but fuel climate change, Cyropolitics blog

Sweden: While Trump shuns climate research, Sweden looks to lure American scientists, Radio Sweden

United States: Arctic and Antarctic waters breed more new species than tropics: study, CBC News

Brett Ascarelli, Radio Sweden

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