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

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

Funding from the Ministry of Science and Education

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The Nansen LEGACY receives a funding from the Ministry of Science and Education of 10 mill NOK on the State budget for 2017, to initiate and prepare for a project start in 2018. Preparations will include both an update and revision of the project proposal, development of a synthesis paper, preparation of data management guidelines, and practical preparation to make sure the necessary instruments will be in place for the first planned cruise with the new ice going vessel Kronprins Haakon in 2018. After a long preparatory phase starting in 2011, this initiative is now ready to be realized.

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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