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.