Nansen Legacy funding secured

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The fund­ing for the Nansen Lega­cy project is secured. This is a great day for Arc­tic Research and for the col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts that has dri­ven the Nansen Lega­cy project ini­tia­tive. The gov­ern­ment decid­ed to pro­vide 30 mill NOK annu­al­ly in the com­ing six years to real­ize the planned inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research in the ice cov­ered Bar­ents Sea region. This will result in severe­ly need­ed knowl­edge about this impor­tant gate­way to the Arc­tic and facil­i­tate a sus­tain­able future man­age­ment . The research coun­cil will make their final deci­sion on a match­ing fund­ing in Decem­ber. With the addi­tion­al 360 mill from the ten par­tic­i­pat­ing insti­tu­tions, the Nansen Lega­cy it is the start of a new epoch of coop­er­a­tion, inte­gra­tion and sci­en­tif­ic-man­age­ment per­spec­tives.

More infor­ma­tion (in nor­we­gian) on the web pages of UiT and UiB

Towards a Barents Sea without winter sea ice

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A cron­i­cle on the future Bar­ents Sea ice con­di­tions in pub­lished in Aften­posten Viten (in nor­we­gian). With­out reduced antro­pogenic CO2 releas­es, the Bar­ents Sea will face win­ters with­out sea ice cov­er in the north some time between 2061 and 2088. This is the per­spec­tives result­ing from new research based on cli­mate mod­el pre­dic­tions car­ried out by Nansen Lega­cy part­ners Onarheim and Årthun at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bergen/ Bjerk­nes Cen­tre for Cli­mate Research. The results shows the poten­tial future sce­nario in the core inves­ti­ga­tion region for the Nansen Lega­cy project. The study also shows that reduced CO2 emis­sions fol­low­ing the Paris agree­ment, can result in win­ter ice in the Bar­ents Sea also at the end of the cen­tu­ry.

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