Martin Ludvigsen Professor NTNU, Leader of RA-C "Technology and method development” 

What is your specific role in the project?

I coordinate the activity within work package RA-C "Technology and method development”. With me I have a great team of researchers, PhD students and post docs. To address the ambitions goals of the Nansen Legacy and contribute to science we are always searching for applications developing both science and technology. The task we have taken upon is challenging – and to fully sample the ocean in time and space is not possible – and we need to optimize how we spend our efforts to maximize the information gained by our operations.

Which scientific question do you hope to answer at the end of the project?

I hope our efforts can bring us closer to understand how the changing climate affects our part of the Arctic. I find it both alarming and fascinating to be able to witness the changes in the Arctic.

If you had to choose another discipline within the Nansen Legacy, which one would you choose?

The science of the Arctic is very fascinating, and it is very hard to pick a favorite discipline – both the physical domain and the biology hold challenges important for the future of the Arctic.

The Arctic, what fascinates you the most?

Its apparent endless remoteness in a world that is becoming ever more connected and developed. And the harsh environment excluded humankind to conquer this area until we had the tools to provide mobility and protect ourselves from the cold. In spite of the remoteness and harsh environment, there is a very productive biological community present – better adapted to the conditions than us!

What is the first thing you think off when hearing the name, Fridtjof Nansen?

I think of Fridtjof Nansen as a researcher who not only excelled in science but also showed great wisdom. He is a great idol for all of us and probably generations to come.

Which book/film/music has made the largest impression on you lately?

The film “Chasing Ice” made an impression in spite its flaws and lack of scientific approach and balance. I hope movies like this can help making the general public understand what is going on without taking hope away from people.

Photos/Illustrations: Magne Velle, David Fierstein and Arild Hareide, Christian Morel/ christianmorel.net, Lena Seuthe