Nansen Legacy to sample Russian waters

Vladimir Savinov, a researcher at Akvaplan-niva (APN), is among the scientific crew on the R/V Dalnie Zelentsy, a 55 m Russian ship conducting monitoring surveys in the eastern Barents Sea. Through a collaborative agreement between the Murmansk Marine Biological Laboratory (MMBI) and APN, Savinov will sample sediments, zooplankton, fish, and seawater for use by several…

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Six years into the ice — and beyond

The Arctic’s once impenetrable ice cap is melting away, with profound consequences for everything from ocean circulation patterns to fish numbers and diversity. The Nansen Legacy Project, including NTNU biologists, chemists and engineers, is working to better understand what these changes mean for the Barents Sea and the Arctic Basin. The microscopic marine world is…

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A boat loaded with tomorrow’s polar scientists

Norway has always been a polar nation. The search for Arctic marine natural resources gave Norwegians early experience and knowledge of Arctic waters, which were later strengthened and systematically described by great scientists such as Fridtjof Nansen and Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, to name only a few. Today, Norway has several research institutes and many researchers…

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The Barents Sea throughout the year

While you are still enjoying the warm summer and a rich selection of fruits and berries, a large-scale preparation for winter is happening further North. In the Northern Barents Sea plants and animals “know” that the sun has turned, and that darker times are approaching. The feast of blooming microscopic-small algae from spring is over…

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The Arctic sea ice extent may increase despite the world getting warmer

The sea ice extent in the Barents Sea was back to normal this winter. A paradox? Actually not. This text was published in Aftenposten (online and print) 23 April 2019. Northeast in the Barents Sea, more than 400 kilometers north of the Finnmark coast, the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway has given permission to Equinor to…

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Get to know RV Kronprins Haakon

Central to the fieldwork 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 thick.…

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