Frank Nilsen

Co-leader Technology and methods development
The University Centre in Svalbard


Frank Nilsen is co-leader of the work package ‘Technology and methods development’. Nilsen’s main field of interest is polar oceanography linked to air-ice-ocean interaction processes, especially cooling of the Atlantic Water entering the Arctic Ocean through Fram Strait and north of Svalbard. Process studies of topographic vorticity waves and eddies along the West Spitsbergen slope gives knowledge and a better understanding of the exchange mechanisms between the deep ocean and shelf areas. Through our REOCIRC project we will develop a method for using satellite measurement to estimate the strength of the West Spitsbergen Currents. To validate the satellite data we have designed a new mooring system where the main task is to measure the ocean bottom pressure (OBP).