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First Legacy cruise leaving June 27

The countdown for the first Legacy cruise has started. Ilker Fer (UiB) and his team will be leaving land behind onboard RV Kristine Bonnevie on June 27. Their mission is to study Ocean mixing processes. Meanwhile, the preperation for the upcoming Legacy cruises on RV Kronprins Haakon continue, with a test cruise of the new vessel planned to leave Tromsø July 23.

The following scientific cruises are scheduled for The Nansen Legacy this year:

Legacy in context: Strengthening synergies with MOSAiC

The Nansen Legacy will not be alone in the Arctic in 2019-2020. RV Polarstern will leave Tromsø in October 2019, sail to the Arctic Ocean where she will freeze into the ice north of the Laptev Sea to carry out the large MOSAiC campaign. The plan is to follow the Transpolar Drift towards the North Pole and on to the Fram Strait in the fall 2020. The focus of the MOSAiC campaign is in situ observations of the climate processes that couple the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, bio-geochemistry and ecosystem and thus very much in line with the Nansen Legacy plans.

MOSAiC Preliminary Drift Trajectory Plan (www.mosaicobservatory.org)

To ensure that MOSAiC and The Nansen Legacy obtain comparable and contiguous data, Legacy co-PI Sebastian Gerland (NPI) presented The Nansen Legacy at the MOSAiC Science Workshop in Postdam in May. Further, Legacy researchers Aud Larsen (UiB), Gunnar Bratbak (UiB) and Mats Granskog (NPI) attended the meeting to ensure largest possible coherence between sampling approaches and analysing method between the two projects.

Legacy at the 18th Norwegian-Russian Symposium

Nansen Legacy scientists were strongly represented at the 18th Russian-Norwegian Symposium in Murmansk 5-7 June 2018. The topic of the symposium was highly relevant for the Nansen Legacy project, by addressing the influence of ecosystem changes on harvestable resources in high latitudes. The symposium is an important forum for Norwegian and Russian scientists working on the same topics to meet, exchange ideas and learn from each other. As one of the Norwegian contributions, Leif Chr. Stige presented preliminary findings from the Nansen Legacy project, on how climate affects zooplankton species composition in the northern Barents Sea according to the time series available to date.

Nansen Legacy scientists Elizabeth Jones and Janne Søreide at the Norwegian -Russian Symposium. Pictures: Leif Christian Stige

Nansen Legacy met US research communities

The Nansen Legacy project was recently presented on two events in Washington DC, as an initiative to open for potential collaboration across the Arctic Ocean. The Nansen Legacy PI and co-PI Profs. Marit Reigstad and Tor Eldevik, together with the deputy leader of the Nansen Legacy Board Prof. Nils Chr. Stenseth, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to present the project and meet with relevant colleagues and US science administrators.

Tor Eldevik (UiB), Nils Chr. Stenseth (UiO), Marit Reigstad (UiT), and Alf Håkon Hoel (Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington DC). Photo: Lea Bjørgul, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Washington DC

The Norwegian Embassy in Washington co-hosted an evening reception on the conference The effects of climate change on the world´s oceans, where the Dr. Jason Link (NOAA) welcomed the Norwegian Ambassador Kåre Ås in front of the ~600 conference participants. The Ambassador draw lines from Nansens and Amundsens Arctic explorations and opened for a presentation of the new Norwegian Arctic Science project, the Nansen Legacy.

To facilitate a dialogue between the Nansen Legacy Project and US Arctic science administrators, the National Academies of Sciences in US and Norway had invited to a meeting where the topics and possibilities for collaborative initiatives and potential synergies were discussed based on a presentation of the project. Several fields of interest were identified for follow up- activities within mobility, comparative studies and potential collaboration on existing projects.

The arrangements were initiated and organized by Alf Håkon Hoel at the Norwegian Embassy in Washington, assisted by Lea Bjørgul.

Nansen Legacy on POLAR2018

During the Polar 2018 conference, the Nansen Legacy project and science was presented for several science organisations and sessions. Project information was provided to the IASC marine working group and the Pacific Arctic Group (PAG), to inform on the planned research activity and to facilitate Pan-Arctic synergy and cooperation. Nansen Legacy research was presented on the science conference through session organisation and scientific presentations.

Among the many presentations, posters and medal lectures, a small Nansen Legacy meeting took place in an original location - a VW Campervan. The discussion centered on large scale circulation changes in the North Atlantic, and Arild Sundfjord (NPI), Camille Li, Erica Madonna and Lars H. Smedsrud (Bjerknes + UiB) hold that this was the best meeting location in a long time.

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