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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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Polar Night exhibition opens in Moscow

As part of the Science Festival in Moscow 6-8 of October 2017, a delegation from UiT and NTNU visited Moscow and participated with talks and opening of the polar night exhibition. All posters had been translated into Russian, and the exhibition was part of the official programme for the 2017 Science Festival in Moscow. Geir Johnsen, Malin Daase and Jørgen Berge also participated with scientific talks during a Norwegian-Russian seminar at the Lomonosov Moscow Starte University, as well as during the main festival. Kenneth Ruud (vice-rector at UiT) opened the festival and exhibition.

Ice buoys broadcasting

The ice buoys are sending data! Arctic ABC's Erin Kunisch and Rolf Gradinger deployed a set of ice buoys for the first time in Arctic pack ice outside fjords. The Acoustic Zooplankton and Fish Profiler was collecting data for two weeks, and the weather and light buoys are still sending data life from an ice flow north of Svalbard. A milestone for the Arctic ABC project!

ArcticABC at ESSAS conference Tromsø

Arctic ABC's Ingrid Ellingsen, Stig Falk-Petersen, Malin Daase and Bodil Bluhm presented at the ESSAS conference in Tromsø 11-15 June 2017. Some 200 international conference participates with strong participation from Europe and North America discussed topics related to the major theme:

"Moving in, out, and across Arctic and Subarctic Marine Ecosystems: Shifting Boundaries of Water, Ice, Flora, Fauna, People and Institutions", 

More about the conference here.

Not CircA any more: Julie C. Grenvald now PhD!

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!

Interview with ArcticABCs Njord Wegge in The Atlantic

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 sea ice field work started – finally!

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 FAABulous fieldwork page.


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…

Bambus in Svalbardposten (13.01.2017) and (13.01.2017)

Kunnskapshull in Aftenposten (12.01.2017)

A truly multicultural community on Svalbard

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 and Svalbardposten.

Dark research in the public spotlight!

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:

Kunnskapshull om livet i Arktis i mørketiden (Aftenposten 09.01. 2017)

Om bambus, spøkelseskreps og et Arktis i endring (Svalbardposten 13.01.2017, PDF)

Banebrytende forskning (Svalbardposten 20.01.2017, PDF)

Superkommunisten (Svalbardposten 20.01.2017, PDF)

Ny art i Ny-Ålesund (Svalbardposten 27.01.2017, PDF)

Kan by-bjørnene forvente seg is i van Mijenfjorden i år? (Svalbardposten 27.01.2017, PDF)

Mørkets fyrste har slått seg ned på Svalbard (NRK Ekko 02.02.2017, radio stream)

Conflicts or cooperation in Arctic waters?

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.

First deployment of an ABC POPE!

During the expedition to Ny-Ålesund, the Arctic ABC technology team carried out the first test-deployment of a POPE - in this case POPE 2. Although not deployed in sea ice, it was deployed under challenging conditions during a storm in Ny-Ålesund by Bernhard and Pedro. The POPE will stay out for three days, and will in the end by used to test how it responds to a broken cable.

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