A scientific researcher breaks ice at a Chinese research station in the Arctic Ocean, 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.