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In this article written for the May 2019 volume of the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Lawson Brigham describes two upcoming studies in ice drift in the Arctic Ocean, which showcase the increasing importance of monitoring the Arctic Ocean. Brigham also describes the MOSAIC project, and how such studies provide Russia with an autonomous of continuous presence in the central Arctic Ocean.

Copyright U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings. Reprinted with permission.

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Lawson Brigham

Lawson Brigham

Global Fellow, Polar Institute,
Faculty, International Arctic Research Center, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Fellow, Center for Arctic Study & Policy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
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