A scientific researcher breaks ice at a Chinese research station in the Arctic Ocean, Aug 29, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]
Two scientific researchers measure the thickness of the ice at a temporary station in the Arctic Ocean, Aug 29, 2012. China started its fifth arctic expedition on July 2. [Photo/Xinhua]
A scientific researcher collects sea water under the ice in the Arctic Ocean, during China's fifth arctic expedition on Aug 29, 2012. [Photo/Xinhua]
China's fifth Arctic expedition team began their work on Wednesday, carried by icebreaker Xuelong, or Snow Dragon, which started its trip in July.
The 120-member team includes one scientist from Taiwan and four from France, Denmark and Iceland. Their work will include a survey on the impact of changes in the Arctic Ocean's environment on China's climate, the arctic eco-system's current conditions and its interaction with global changes.