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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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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Intelligent robots as a tool to understand climate changes in the Arctic Ocean

On September 12th 2018, R/V Kronprins Haakon left Longyearbyen on the second cruise in the research project named “the Nansen Legacy”. Its goal, to study oceanographic processes north of Svalbard, in order to understand the effects of changes in the water masses due to inflow of Atlantic water masses.

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