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ICORTAS will operate in conjunction with the International Arctic Research Center's NABOS (Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System) project aboard the Russian icebreaker Kapitan Dranitsyn.

ICORTAS will install observational moorings at several locations in the Laptev Sea, off the northern coast of Siberia. Information from these instruments will help determine how sea-ice cover affects the way energy from wind is transferred to the ocean interior.