The Nansen LEGACY comprises a dedicated Norwegian national team of research excellence that has been assembled for the specific purpose of the 6-year project period (2018-2023). The Norwegian government has funded a pre-project for 2017 to prepare a project start in 2018.

The Nansen LEGACY project explores the integrated nature of environment, climate and ecosystem. The living Barents Sea is evolving under external constraints of physical forcing, and direct and indirect human impacts. The consequent management of the region and resources should be informed by, and based on the past, present and future. The new Norwegian icebreaker Kronprins Haakon will be a core facility.

The team reflects the complimentary scientific and logistic capabilities of the eight participating governmental institutions committed to Arctic research, and to the Barents Sea region in particular. Recruitment of a new generation Polar researchers equipped with interdisciplinary knowledge and emerging tools is an important task.