The Nansen LEGACY com­pris­es a ded­i­cat­ed Nor­we­gian nation­al team of research excel­lence that has been assem­bled for the spe­cif­ic pur­pose of the 6-year project peri­od (2018–2023). The Nor­we­gian gov­ern­ment has fund­ed a pre-project for 2017 to pre­pare a project start in 2018.

The Nansen LEGACY project explore the inte­grat­ed nature of envi­ron­ment, cli­mate and ecosys­tem. The liv­ing Bar­ents Sea is evolv­ing under exter­nal con­straints of phys­i­cal forc­ing, and direct and indi­rect human impacts. The con­se­quent man­age­ment of the region and resources should be informed by, and based on the past, present and future. The new Nor­we­gian ice-break­er Kro­n­prins Haakon will be a core facil­i­ty.

The team reflects the com­pli­men­ta­ry sci­en­tif­ic and logis­tic capa­bil­i­ties of the eight par­tic­i­pat­ing gov­ern­men­tal insti­tu­tions com­mit­ted to Arc­tic research, and to the Bar­ents Sea region in par­tic­u­lar. Recruit­ment of a new gen­er­a­tion Polar researchers equipped inter­dis­ci­pli­nary knowl­edge and emerg­ing tools is an impor­tant task.