A dedicated team of Turkish scientists recently concluded a successful month-long journey as part of the third National Arctic Scientific Expedition. Led by Captain Özgün Oktar, the 11-member team embarked on their scientific mission aboard the Norwegian-flagged research vessel, PolarXplorer, under the auspices of the Presidency and Ministry of Industry and Technology. Coordinated by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye – Marmara Research Center (TÜBITAK MAM), the expedition conducted extensive research at 28 different station points in the Arctic region.
Throughout their voyage, the team engaged in various scientific activities, including studying ecosystem adaptation in the Arctic Ocean, collecting phytoplankton samples, identifying marine pollutants, monitoring seawater's physical parameters, observing atmospheric pollution, and conducting meteorological assessments. Additionally, the team analyzed environmental impacts and the potential effects of new trade routes, closely tracked sea ice movements, and observed marine mammals to better understand the region's changing dynamics.