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.

Download article: Mot et isfrittBarentshav_aftenposten070917



The Nansen LEGACY approach unknown territories

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Norwegian media reported recently on confusing opinions about where the Barents Sea is located. The Nansen LEGACY team argue that it is more important to understand what the Barents Sea is, – and what it may become in the future.

A comment authored by Marit Reigstad, Tor Eldevik and Sebastian Gerland was sent to Dagens Næringsliv and published 25.02.2017.

The Norwegian text can be read her: I ukjent farvann Debattinnlegg DN


Photo: Arctic marine field work carried out during iAOOS Norway

Large and successful Nansen LEGACY project workshop

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More than 80 project participants met for the first major project workshop in Hamar. The aim was 1) to gather the entire project group to build the Nansen LEGACY team, 2) to finalize the work plans for the different work packages in the project and 3) to make sure that we utilize expertize and resources across the work packages to optimize the use of competence and resources. All these issues are part of our preparation for a revised Nansen LEGACY proposal to be submitted in May.

One of the primary goals of the Nansen LEGACY project was to facilitate a better communication and cooperation among Norwegian polar scientists. We can already note that new ideas and collaboration projects that utilize the planned sampling even better flourish across the tables, and that collaborative meeting places fertilize scientific ideas. The Nansen LEGACY project includes scientists from different disciplines and departments of the eight participating institutions.

Photo: Magne Velle MET.

Kronprins Haakon -a new Norwegian ice-breaker

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Illustrasjon: Rolls Royce Marine (RRM)
Illustration: Rolls Royce Marine

A core facility for The Nansen LEGACY project, the new Norwegian ice-going vessel Kronprins Haakon, is at present being equipped with winches and instrumentation in Italy, and Øystein Mikelborg, responsible for the building process at NPI and co-lead on the Nansen LEGACY infrastructure work package, informed on the status and capabilities of the ship during the implementation workshop. The ship will be equipped with moon pool and helicopter platform, have berth capacity for ~35 scientists, and strength to break 1.5 m thick ice. The ship is expected to be finished late autumn 2017. The Nansen LEGACY will be a perfect project for the research vessel, utilizing its size, ice-going capabilities, and abilities to carry out interdisciplinary research including oceanography, atmosphere research, marine ecology and geology as well as fisheries.


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