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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union

Drifting buoys make discoveries about interactive processes in the Arctic Ocean

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Observation of the Arctic ice and ocean environment, where the heat budget of the Northern Hemisphere is largely determined, is critical for advancing our understanding of global climatic change. Because the polar environment varies greatly over the course of a year, continuous observations are needed over the entire seasonal cycle, especially during the Arctic winter and early spring when the thermal contrast between sea water and atmosphere reaches a maximum.

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