The Nansen LEGACY project was ini­ti­at­ed as a SAK ini­tia­tive (Nor­we­gian acronyme for coop­er­a­tion, task divi­sion and con­cen­tra­tion) in 2012. The moti­va­tion was to opti­mize use of gov­ern­men­tal resources, e.g com­pe­tence and infra­struc­ture. Eight gov­ern­men­tal research insti­tu­tions with com­pe­tence in Arc­tic marine sci­ences sug­gest­ed a ded­i­cat­ed col­lab­o­ra­tive approach to close knowl­edge gaps in the rapid chang­ing Bar­ents Sea beyond the present ice edge. Recent­ly two more part­ners are includ­ed.

A Nansen LEGACY project plan was devel­oped in 2014 (can be down­loaded here).

The present task is to devel­op this ini­tia­tive into a real­ized project. A LEGACY pro­pos­al was devel­oped in 2015, and eval­u­at­ed by an inter­na­tion­al review pan­el from the US Nation­al Acad­e­my of Sci­ences in Jan­u­ary 2016, with excel­lent results. This opened for the phase of devel­op­ing an imple­men­ta­tion plan and a revised pro­pos­al to the Research Coun­cil of Nor­way (RCN) in June 2017 to secure the exter­nal fund­ing. As part of the SAK approach, the par­tic­i­pat­ing insti­tu­tions con­tribute 50% of the costs from inter­nal bud­gets to ensure an opti­mized use of gov­ern­men­tal resources. A  pre­pro­ject was fund­ed with 10 mill NOK in 2017. In Sep­tem­ber 2017 the gov­ern­ment announced that their share of the fund­ing is secured. The RCN will make their final deci­sion in Decem­ber 2017.

The part­ners include four uni­ver­si­ties, one uni­ver­si­ty cen­tre, three man­age­ment insti­tu­tions and two pri­vate research insti­tutes;

Uni­ver­si­ty of Trom­sø the Arc­tic Uni­ver­si­ty of Nor­way (UiT), Uni­ver­si­ty of Bergen (UiB), Uni­ver­si­ty of Oslo (UiO), Nor­we­gian Uni­ver­si­ty of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy (NTNU), Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­tre in Sval­bard (UNIS), Nor­we­gian Polar Insti­tute (NPI), Insti­tute of Marine Research (IMR), The Nor­we­gian Mete­o­ro­log­i­cal insti­tute (MET), Akva­plan-Niva (APN) and Nansen Cen­tre for Envi­ron­men­tal Research (NERSC).