On 9 May 2017 the former CircA team member Julie C Grenvald, successfully defended her PhD at UiT The Arctic University of Norway. The title of her dissertation is "Understanding winter patterns of zooplankton Diel Vertical Migration (DVM) in a high Arctic fjord (Kongsfjorden, Svalbard)". Julie has been based at UNIS and participated throughout the nightly activities of the CircA project. Her supervisors have been Jørgen Berge (UiT, UNIS), Tove Gabrielsen (UNIS), Paul Renaud (APN, UNIS) and Finlo Cottier (SAMS). The main focus of Julie’s work is the surprising level of activity in the zooplankton world during the dark (or not so dark) polar night.
The Mare Incognitum teams say congratulations and wish Julie all the best and plenty of light for the future!
From 15 – 18 March 2017, representatives from the five Arctic Ocean coastal states, along with five other key high seas fisheries nations, met at Reykjavik, Iceland to continue discussions on future regulation of the living resources of the central Arctic Ocean. In this article of the Canadian newspaper the Atlantic, Associate Professor-II Njord Wegge, which is a member of the UiT’s Arctic ABC project, is interviewed, giving his view on some key issues that was negotiated. The Atlantic 03/2017.
FAABulous fieldwork page.Delayed by more than one year, we eventually managed to start sea ice sampling in Van Mijenfjorden. Not that is was easy – similar to last year, exceptionally warm conditions during autumn and winter had delayed sea ice formation quite a bit – and even now, there is not too much ice there; but it is enough to get started. Read more at the
The dark season has started, with students and researchers gathered both in Ny-Ålesund and on board RV Helmer Hanssen. While the researchers on board Helmer Hanssen are mainly focused on pelagic systems and organisms north of Svalbard, the students on the UNIS course AB334 are mainly occupied with using enabling technology for environmental monitoring and mapping in the dark. Some are also interested in bamboo…
Kunnskapshull in Aftenposten (12.01.2017)
A recent study on blue mussels from various regions in the Arctic have unravelled a very surprising discovery - there are many migrants from the Mediterranean on Svalbard! We used to think that the blue mussels on Svalbard was simply a northern extension of the Atlantic species Mytilus edulis, but new research has demonstrated that a considerable part of the gene pool on Svalbard comes directly from the Mediterranean, more precisely the species Mytilus galloprovincialis. In a time when some countries are building walls to prevent immigration from the south, Svalbard is an example of a community that receives immigrants on a daily basis, and where the immigrants are settling down without any problems. Perhaps it is true what they say about the coming wall between USA and Mexico - it defines where the borderline to stupid is: Canada and Mexico! Read the paper here. News (in Norwegian) in Forskning.no and Svalbardposten.
This year’s January campaign on Svalbard was our sixth consecutive year of polar night research. Since our first expedition to Ny-Ålesund in 2010, we have spent large parts of January on Svalbard every year since 2012 - the first years we were mainly based on the RV Helmer Hanssen, whereas from 2014 our main activity have been divided between Ny-Ålesund and onboard Helmer Hanssen. So also this year, when Bodil Bluhm lead the group onboard HH and Jørgen / Geir were in charge of the campaign in Ny-Ålesund - the former in association with the UiT course BIO-8510 and the latter with UNIS course AB334. And despite a constant and intense focus on the polar night from a very high number of students and researchers during the last eight years, there are still immense gaps in knowledge that needs to be filled. And unexpected discoveries seems to line up, just waiting to be brought out of the darkness and into the public spotlight - so also this year:
Commentary on how the research within the Arctic ABC programme is relevant in an international context of diplomatic negotiations on regulations of resources in the Arctic Ocean. Written by Njord Wegge in cooperation with Max Geoffroy and Jørgen Berge.
Published online at Sustainable Security.
Once again we are heading towards winter and polar night, with new and exciting campaigns planned both at UNIS and UiT. UNIS will host its “Polar night biology and underwater robotics” course in Ny-Ålesund, and at UiT we plan a Arctic ABC cruise with Helmer Hanssen during the first part of January. Building up to these events, new results from “the dark side" were recently published in Nature Scientific Reports and Science.
The FAABulous project (led by Eva Leu, Akvaplan-niva, funded by NRC 2015-2020) had its annual meeting 12.-14.10.2016. 19 participants gathered in a hotel outside Oslo to update each other on the past year's data collection, experimental and modeling activities, and started discussing the field work for 2017. The FAABulous project is closely connected with the ARCTOS network, and in particular in overcoming this year's challenges with field sampling under ice-free conditions (that was not planned), we profited greatly from the help, support and the willingness to improvise amongst our friends and colleagues. Thanks!
Arctic ABC(D) had their project meeting in Tromsø 10-12 October 2016. As many as 26 of us participated in lively discussion and presentations at Sydspissen Hotel. Representatives from the technology, biology, modelling and end-user forum groups provided all with updates on progress made. Overviews of the upcoming 2017 and later field campaigns laid the foundation for subsequent in-depth discussions of the many details to be considered for these field campaigns. These will include testing the prototype POPE buoys in Kongsfjorden in January 2017, conducting studies related to light and life cycle strategies in January on RV Helmer Hanssen, testing the POPE buoys for the first time in sea ice in van Mijenfjorden in March-April 2017, and preparing for the first tests in pack-ice in May-June north of Svalbard. Social evenings coloured by spectacular northern lights provided for a relaxed atmosphere for further discussion.
- Polar night exhibition moved to Trondheim!
- FAABulous mooring stories...
- Dr. Laura Hobbs: Postgraduate student of the Year!
- The 2nd FAABulous cruise (KV Svalbard)
- Arctic ABC and Arctic ABC Development project meeting
- The alien from the deep
- New year = new polar night cruise
- The werewolves are back
- The Arctic Polar night seen from an Antarctic expert
- CLEOPATRA II - project came to an end