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ArcticPRIZE cruise video by SAMS' Andy Crabb

New fast paced video out, featuring the ArcticPRIZE team, Helmer Hanssen and music by Florence and the machine!

Not only biology

Not only biology

ArcticABC researchers Njord Wegge and Kathrin Stephen return to the roots of geopolitical reasoning

Photo: Jakob Østheim/Forsvaret

Gliders, waves and the wild Arctic Ocean

Gliders, waves and the wild Arctic Ocean

All over the place!

ABC, SIZE and PRIZE join forces on the Helmer Hanssen

"Thaw" - a short doc in 3 episodes featuring the Polar Night cruise

"Thaw" - a short doc in 3 episodes featuring the Polar Night cruise

Follow the team into the dark!

Eli Kintisch who joined the Polar Night cruise in January 2018 has published three episodes on climate change, featuring UiT and SAMS researchers

Polar Night exhibition heads East

Polar Night exhibition heads East

Now also in Russian: Polar Night around the globe!

Recently the Polar Night exhibition moved yet again. This time to Moscow, Russia.

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New report: State of Polar Oceans 2018

A new report published this summer by scientists from leading UK and Norwegian research institutions, among them ArcticABC members from UiT and SAMS, highlights the urgency to further investigate Polar Oceans. The report State of the Polar Oceans 2018, aimed at policy makers and the general public,explains how decades of multi-disciplinary studies have advanced scientific knowledge about climate warming, biodiversity and conservation of marine life in the Antarctic and the Arctic. Have a look here:

New short video on ArcticPRIZE on Helmer Hanssen out!

A new, fast-paced video documenting ArcticPRIZE activities on R/V Helmer Hanssen in May 2018 has been published by SAMS filmmaker Andy Crabb. ArcticPRIZE is led by SAMS with UiT as a partner institution. Watch the video here:

FAABulous at Polar2018

FAABulous presentation at Polar2018 ( – the largest Polar meeting ever. This week, more than 2000 scientists working both in Arctic and Antarctic regions are meeting in Davos for presenting their latest results. Eva Leu from Akvaplan-niva gave a talk on the FAABulous project she is leading (funded by the Research Council of Norway, 2015-2020).

Green activity in the dark

As part of the FAABulous project (Future Arctic Algae Blooms – and their role in the context of climate change), PhD student Ane Cecilie Kvernvik and co-authors have published a paper about photophysiology of natural phytoplankton communities during the Polar night. The group did experiments to study the physiological state of microalgae in Svalbard surface waters during the darkest period of the year, where ambient light is not sufficient to support photosynthesis. The authors show that algae have a functional photosystem in place, and react very quickly to re-illumination. That means that they do not enter a hibernating state in the water column, but could take advantage of light increase almost instantaneously. This is the first study ever looking at physiological activities of microalgae during the Polar night, and is published in Journal of Phycology.

Picture: Eva Leu sampling for experiments (picture taken by Jan Sivert Hauglid)


ArcticABC goes political

Puzzled by how geographical changes in the Arctic might cause changes in state behavior, Arctic ABC researchers Njord Wegge and Kathrin Keil have been inspired to return to the roots of geopolitical reasoning. By combining insights from the intellectual roots of the geopolitical tradition with empirical data on geographical changes as well as policy changes in the Arctic today, this article published in "Polar Geography", March 2018, investigate the degree to which geopolitics, in the sense of geography influencing politics, is still a useful approach in the discipline of International Relations (IR). 

Arctic SIZE, ABC and PRIZE cruise

It has been a busy spring semester, especially for the SIZE PhDs and postdocs. While some are carrying out fieldwork in Billefjorden on Svalbard, others were out in the Northern Barents Sea on board the R/V Helmer Hanssen. We left Tromsø on April 23rd, and headed straight up the Northern Barents Sea. Weather on the way up was a bit rough, so not much was going on during the first 48hrs of the cruise (except a lot of shouting into the great white ring of porcelain…). First on the agenda when we reached 75 degrees north, was to pick up the glider that were deployed in the same area three months earlier during the polar night cruise. We deployed two new gliders at the same time that will be out until the British research vessel JCR picks them up in June-July. After the retrieval and deployments of gliders, we more or less followed and sampled the same stations as we did during the polar night cruise, mainly focusing on the 30 degrees East parallel. The cruise ended in Longyearbyen on Saturday the 5th of May. The next cruise, with many of the same participants and visiting the same stations, will be on board the British R/V JCR in June. For those capable of reading Norwegian, here is an arcticle about the trip in Svalbardposten.


Polar Night cruise video online

In January 2018 the researchers from ArcticABC, ArcticSIZE and ArcticPRIZE went North into the Polar Night again. The research cruise on board the Helmer Hanssen was headed by Jørgen Berge and Finlo Cottier. As an addition to the research team, three journalists joined the party. Eli Kintisch has published a documentary in 3 short episodes on Vox. You can follow the team here:

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

FAAbulous annual meeting 2017

In November, 20 FAABulous scientists and students gathered for a 3-days project meeting close to Oslo. We got a first overwhelming impression of all data coming in (and being under processing) – and started planning joint publications. FAABulous results will be presented at (all?) upcoming polar meetings, such as Arctic Change, Arctic Frontiers, Polar 2018 … 

Arctic ABC at Arctic Frontiers

The Arctic ABC team was well represented at the annual Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromsø, Norway. Maxime Geoffreoy's talk on a mesopelagic layer of fish and zooplankton north of Svalbard in the central Arctic was a highlight of the program for the marine ecologists among the audience!

ArcticABC at Svalbard Science Conference

The first Svalbard Science Conference organized by the Norwegian Research Council took place 6-8 November in Oslo. The interest in this workshop was enormous with over 300 participants discussing atmospheric, geological, terrestrial and marine research in and around Svalbard. Arctic ABC’s Malin Daase presented results from the polar night research that has been conducted in Kongsfjorden and elsewhere on Svalbard since 2012 within the (now finished) projects CIRCA and Marine Night project, and is at the moment also a focus within Arctic ABC.

Photo: The future for Svalbard research looks bright: Malin Daase and Christiaane Hübner from SIOS discussing infrastruture in Svalbard

ArcticABC/D annual meeting Trondheim

The scientific and engineering teams of the Arctic ABC and ABCD projects met in the city Trondheim, Norway from October 9 – 12th 2017 for their annual meeting. The program was divided in two blocks.

The first block focused on the state-of-the-art of the platforms for optical physical and environmental sensors, also referred to as POPEs, and the steps that will be taken during 2018. These are instruments to study the environment and ecosystem in the ice layer of the Arctic. The first deployment of these instruments as part of the ABCD happened in the Polar Stern cruise PS106 in May and June 2017. Furthermore, testing is ongoing on the acoustic pope to study fish and plankton and also on the environmental POPE that provides valuable information of light conditions and temperature in the water under the ice.

The second block focused on sharing the scientific results gathered during the field activities and lab work of 2016-17. Planning activities were fundamental and specialized sessions allowed scientists to converge their ideas into material that is of relevance to the world. 

In the picture from left to right Malin, Trevor, Laura Hobbs, Pierre Priou, Magnus, Max Geoffroy, Øystein Varpe, Morgan Bender, Geir Johnsen, Finlo Cottier, Jørgen Berge, Bodil Blum, Bernhard Schartmuller, Kathrin Stephen, Jon Cohen, Paul Renaud, Daniel Vogedes, Neil Banas, Minna-Liina Ojala, Erin Kunisch, Aksel Alstad and Pedro De La Torre

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