Research Activities

The Nansen Legacy organization
The Nansen Legacy organization. The Research Foci (RF1-4) represents “what” science the Nansen Legacy is investigating, and the Research Activities “how” (A-C), including impact and legacy in the public domain (D).

RA-A Data collection and infrastructure

An important goal is to develope the technological platforms for better and more coordinated use and observations in ice coveres waters

The Nansen Legacy is highly depending on the collection of a variety of data from the water column, the seafloor, as well as from sea ice and the atmosphere. Most of these data can only be collected from research vessels, as e.g. the new Norwegian ice-going research vessel Kronprins Haakon, but also from non-ice-going vessels like G.O.Sars and Kristine Bonnevie. Work package RA-A is responsible for coordinating the 16 research cruises totalling more than 340 days at sea during the Nansen Legacy period in order to get the necessary data and samples to increase our knowledge about the Barents Sea past, present and future.

Objective: To facilitate, coordinate and integrate the collection of new observational data, proxy data and modeling output across the Nansen Legacy project.

Kronprins Haakon (Photo: Øystein Mikelborg, NP)

RA-B Data management and synthesis

The Nansen Legacy will collect a wide range of data, including but not restricted to biological information on species in the water masses, and physical, chemical and dynamical features of the ocean, the atmosphere and the cryosphere. The project will gather and make available existing data collected from monitoring programs and research projects focused on the Barents Sea ecosystem over the past decades. Some of these data will be fundamental as reference conditions to assess change. The Nansen Legacy will embrace an open data policy and all metadata will be available through a dedicated search interface.

Objective: To ensure long term preservation of all relevant data, with unified, open data acces through services that provide for simplified data exchange and responsible data reuse, including propper attribution.

The work principle of RA-B is FAiR, Findable, Accesible, Interoperable and Re-useable. All tasks are connected to the FAIR principles

RA-C Technology and methods development

Enabling technology for mapping and monitoring of  extreme environments is essential for modern future management and future utilization. The workpackage will develop reliable solutions to improve the observational capability within the project, but also to enhance and improve our future observational capability in ice covered waters.

Objective: To study  and develope reliable and robust autonomous platform solutions for smarter measurements and sampling for detection and analysis to improve modeling based on remote sensing with impacts on the ecosystem or human activity in the Barents Sea.

Technological development
Technological development and use across disciplines will prepare the future observation strategies (Illustration: NTNU Applied underwater robotics Lab)

RA-D Impact and legacy

Through the research activity Impact and legacy (RA-D), the communicative expertise and capability of all the involved institutions, in addition to dedicated resources in the project administration, are merged to reach out to the scientific community and the general public, to establish dialogue with users and stakeholders, to educate the next generation of scientists, and to enhance the focus on innovation as potential products of basic science.

Objective: To ensure outstanding national and international impact from the research carried out, and to ensure a lasting legacy of the project.