MIZEXMarginal Ice Zone Experiment
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Because marginal ice zones are located in polar areas that are dark for half the year and are often obscured by clouds, MIZEX relied on a microwave radar, called synthetic aperture radar (SAR), mounted on aircraft to provide images with up to 15-foot resolution.
In a separate study, MIZEX biologiststested to determine how eddies affect the populations of phytoplanktons, one-celled ocean organisms that serve as the basis of the polar food web.
More detailed results of MIZEX willappear in an upcoming special issue of the JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH dedicated to studies of marginal ice zones.