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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