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



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.

The Nansen LEGACY project evaluated

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The Nansen LEGACY cover

An eval­u­a­tion pan­el iden­ti­fied by the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Sci­ences, USA, has pro­vid­ed an exter­nal eval­u­a­tion of The Nansen LEGACY sci­en­tif­ic pro­pos­al.

Their over­all con­clu­sion was  “The over­all research prospec­tus is com­pre­hen­sive and time­ly, indeed urgent, giv­en the chang­ing seascape of the Bar­ents Sea and the entire Arc­tic ecosys­tem. The plan of action and man­age­ment is sound and the leader, co-lead­ers, and sci­en­tif­ic staff are out­stand­ing. The Eval­u­a­tion Com­mit­tee unan­i­mous­ly endors­es the Nansen LEGACY Project.”

The project has thus proved to have a high sci­en­tif­ic qual­i­ty, and the work on the finan­cial plan is pro­gress­ing.





Proposal development autumn 2015

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The Nansen LEGACY research plan is being devel­oped into a research pro­pos­al for exter­nal review to ensure a high qual­i­ty of the sci­ence and team.

A ded­i­cat­ed team from all eight part­ner insti­tu­tions has been involved to devel­op the research teams, the sci­ence and the approach for this large research project.

The pro­pos­al dead­line is Novem­ber 30.