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Annual report 2018

Photo: Ann Kristin Balto / Norwegian Polar Institute The annual report for 2018 is ready, and can be downloaded here. The first year of the

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The Nansen Legacy

Fridtjof Nansen set out to explore the Arctic Ocean with the research vessel Fram 126 years ago. His team of explorers and scientists returned from the ice three years later with new knowledge that changed our concepts and understanding of the Arctic Ocean, and made the Arctic part of Norwegian identity.

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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

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PhD positions

Two interesting PhD positions available in the Human Impact: Pollution task of the Nansen Legacy project, one at UiO and one at UNIS.

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ChAOS at sea with the Nansen Legacy

The UK-based project Changes of the Arctic Ocean Seafloor (ChAOS) joined the last Nansen Legacy research cruise with two scientists from the University of Leeds, UK. Mark Zindorf and Allyson Tessin describe their work and motivation to join the Nansen Legacy cruise.

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Nansen Legacy in Shanghai

The Arctic Frontiers Partnership Network seminar Green Solutions for a sustainable future took place in Shanghai recently, as part of the official Norwegian state visit to

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Dramatic shift to Atlantic climate in Arctic warming hotspot

The Arctic is about to shrink, shows a new study, as an important part of the Arctic Ocean shifts over to an Atlantic climate regime. The rapid climate shift occurs in the northern Barents Sea—the Arctic warming hotspot where the surface warming and loss of winter sea ice is largest in the entire Arctic.

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Testing Norways new icebreaker

“There are many bits and pieces that need to fall in place with a new vessel like “Kronprins Haakon”, as well as a large research project like the Nansen Legacy, but both the vessel as well as the project are run by many incredibly competent and hard-working persons”, says Nansen Legacy PI Marit Reigstad.

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Chasing waves

Ilker Fer heads the first cruise by the Nansen Legacy project equipped with a specially constructed glider and measuring tools.

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TV Documentary: True North

What is a oceanographic mooring? How do these supplement to the time series in the Arctic? How can these help us understand the changes happening when North Atlantic water that flows into the Arctic is warming, melting the sea ice and changing the delicate arctic ecosystems, currents and water masses?

Follow Nansen Legacy researcher, Arild Sundfjord and other members recover A-TWAIN moorings, adding to future time series and knowledge.

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A new short film: Why Atlantic fish are invading the Arctic

Who will win the battle of the Atlantification and ecological balance of the Arctic? The army from the North or the army from the south?

A new short film has been released by VOX, featuring both scientists Jørgen Berge and  Ireen Vieweg, from the Nansen Legacy  and research touching the topics of the project.

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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

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BTW -beware the walrus

Text abbreviations you may know, might not be as they seem. As perceptions and understanding of climate and environmental change vary in many ways and

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Global warming is arguably most pronounced in the Arctic (AMAP 2017). The northern Barents Sea is at the heart of this change.

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Background: The moving ice

The ice edge is not a distinct line and as seasons and weather fronts this edge and ice distribution moves dynamically. Likewise, the animals and

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The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer. Fridtjof Nansen  

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Project Leader
Marit Reigstad
UiT The Arctic University of Norway

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