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Arild Sundfjord Leader research foci 1 "physical drivers"

What is your specific role in the project?

I will co-ordinate the research concerning how the atmosphere, ocean and sea ice interact; how the northern Barents Sea is influenced by transport of heat, freshwater and kinetic energy from neighboring areas, and how the physical system in turn shapes the biogeochemistry and ecosystem in the area. I will be directly involved in some of the oceanographic studies, looking at inflows as well as internal processes, based on observations and models.

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

I hope we will have a much better understanding of how the northern Barents Sea responds to external forcing and how changing forcing is dampened or enhanced through local interactions. The overall aim is to increase our predictive capability, both on short and long time scales.

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

There are many interesting topics to work on and I would prefer to work more across disciplines than choosing only one. But if I had to choose something specific I would have liked to be more involved in technological development such as integration of autonomous data collection and operational models.

The Arctic, what fascinates you the most?

The many contrasts; quiet simplicity versus brutal storms, barren sea ice versus abundant marine life; winter darkness versus midnight sun.

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

Pioneering Arctic exploration and science.

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

Bob Hund’s latest album Dödliga klassiker.

All pictures by Angelika Renner (except for the Nansen portray)

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