MIZEXMarginal Ice Zone Experiment
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Knowledge gained from MIZEX will have applications in the study of global climate.
MIZEX scientists conducted the mainresearch during the summers of 1983 and 1984 and followed that with a winter study this March.
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.