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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