A different spring
The spring 2020 turned out very differently than planned. This has caused challenges, but also shows an impressive ability to adapt.
Due to several circumstances, all cruise activity in the Nansen Legacy originally planned for the 2020 spring period has been postponed, and is now planned for next spring.
Seasonal cruise Q1 panned for March, was postponed because of a temporal limitation on ice operations with RV Kronprins Haakon that resulted from discovery of repair needs during guarantee required and scheduled shipyard work prior to the cruise.
Seasonal cruise Q2 planned for April/May, was postponed due to the national and institutional regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
ARCTOS/Nansen Legacy PhD course onboard RV Helmer Hanssen planned for May, was postponed due to the national and institutional regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Closed universities and research institutions have sent most researchers to home offices, with strong limitations in laboratory work and analysis, and less optimal working conditions.
Despite this situation, most of the project participants show a great ability to adapt and use the time well. People work from home with non-field research, analysis of collected data, or with related data provided to support the progress of the candidates. Papers are being written and experiments planned. The postponement of cruises has greatest consequences for the progress of the seasonal investigations in the project. This is especially a challenge for early career scientists with shorter contracts and research focus including the early spring field measurements. The additional restrictions of access to laboratories and buildings in connection with COVID-19 also puts a strain to progress by postponing lab work and analysis. The Nansen Legacy leadership has received input from supervisors, PhD students and post docs to map the situation and find the best way to minimize the consequences for the early careers and for the project as a whole.
Impact of postponement of cruises on the scientific progress of Nansen Legacy PhD students and post doctoral fellows.