Kronprins Haakon, following the stern wave of Fram

Being a pioneer and an ambitious researcher not letting any obstacle stand in his way, Nansen’s ambition was to explore the Arctic further north than anyone else. To do that, he would have to deal with a problem that many polar explorers had encountered before him: the freezing ice that could crush a ship.

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Why do we need to understand the physical controls and drivers of the Arctic Oceans?

Trying to understand and model the ecosystem development or future climate without understanding the basic physical controls can be compared to driving a car without knowing how the steering, throttle, and brakes function; even if you had a good overview of the road ahead you wouldn’t know at what speed and in what direction your car would move.

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Continuing the Legacy

Continuing the Legacy of the first explorers The first explorers to visit the Barents Sea arrived more than 500 years ago, and discovered abundant wildlife and rich fishing on the many shallow banks. These areas have drawn a steady stream of visitors over time, providing us with a good historical record of conditions that show…

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