AFIN - Antarctic Fast Ice Network

Sea ice research in both hemispheres is extremely challenging and requires large logistical and financial efforts of all contributing partners. At the same time manifold data sets are required not only for observational studies, but in particular also to develop and finally validate numerical studies and remote sensing data products. Therefore, international collaboration is not only beneficial in terms of gathering a broad range of expertise, but also to share costs, responsibilities, and to obtain more comprehensive, wide-spread, and higher temporal resolution observations.

We are contributing to various observational programs and networks, with mostly international partners. In addition, national investment programs, as FRAM or ACROSS, are essential to fund these programs, because they often require instrumentation and logistics, which could not be afforded from purely scientific projects.