Warm water, fresh water, wind and tides – ice or no ice around Svalbard?

September onboard the research vessel Lance north of Svalbard. Kristen, our mooring engineer, is happy. There is no sea ice to be seen anywhere – ideal conditions to find the instruments we left here two years ago attached to a rope, anchored to the seafloor, and held upright under water by several buoys.

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Get to know Kronprins Haakon

Central to the field work of the project is the research vessel Kronprins Haakon. It has been built to operate in challenging ice conditions, which means it can go further north and south than any other Norwegian research vessel. RV “Kronprins Haakon” has a cruising speed of 15 knots and is capable of breaking through ice up to one metre…

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