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A Year In The Ice: The Arctic Drift airs Sat 16 Oct on Channel 4

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A Year in the Ice: The Arctic Drift is a landmark 90 minute documentary on the most critical topic of our time. It tells the epic story of a vital, pioneering scientific expedition deep into the spectacular Arctic Circle: the epicentre for understanding a future impacted by climate change.

The programme follows 300 scientists on board the German icebreaker Polarstern, the ship that is their home and research base, frozen into a fragile, drifting ice floe for nearly a year. The MOSAiC expedition – which was 10 years in the planning – has taken an intrepid, international team of climate scientists thousands of miles to secure the previously unattainable data that we desperately need to transform our understanding of climate change before it is lost forever.

In one of the harshest environments on the planet, the team face dangers, dramas and challenges as they brave the brutal Arctic winter, to search for answers locked within the sea ice, ocean and atmosphere: answers that will allow us to understand for the first time how this dynamic and enigmatic landscape regulates temperatures and climate across the globe.

Airdate: Saturday 16 October 2021 at 6.30pm on Channel 4.