Illustration: Reigstad/Caeyers, UoT
(Illus­tra­tion: Reigstad/Caeyers, UoT)


The Nansen LEGACY research focus explores the liv­ing Bar­ents Sea with its com­plex com­mu­ni­ties and inter­ac­tions evolv­ing from nat­ur­al forc­ing and human impacts – past, present and future. The sus­tain­able man­age­ment of the region and resources resides with our capac­i­ty for assess­ing the future. Research activ­i­ties includes five years inten­sive field work using the ice-going ves­sel Kro­n­prins Haakon, devel­op­ment of tech­nol­o­gy for future Arc­tic obser­va­tion sys­tems, data man­age­ment, and the cross-project effort to move Arc­tic pre­dic­tive capa­bil­i­ties beyond state-of-the-art and dis­ci­pli­nary bound­aries by com­bin­ing empir­i­cal evi­dence and ded­i­cat­ed mod­el sys­tems.

LEGACY will pur­sue its vision by address­ing the fol­low­ing over­ar­ch­ing objec­tives:

1. Improve the sci­en­tif­ic basis for sus­tain­able man­age­ment of nat­ur­al resources beyond the present ice edge

2. Char­ac­ter­ize the main human and nat­ur­al influ­ences on the chang­ing Bar­ents Sea ecosys­tems and their response – past, present, and future

3. Resolve the mech­a­nisms gov­ern­ing the Bar­ents Sea ice cov­er and cli­mat­ic state, includ­ing pre­dic­tive capa­bil­i­ty

4. Opti­mize use of emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies, logis­tic capa­bil­i­ties, research recruit­ment and stake­hold­er inter­ac­tion to explore and man­age the emerg­ing Arc­tic