Welcome to the new Mare Incognitum pages

All of the projects which were operating under the Mare Incognitum umbrella are finished by now. Mare Incognitum was never a project in itself, but rather a platform to showcase ongoing cooperating projects by giving them a platform to post news, links, publications and the team members. The original pages could not be maintained any more, due to and outdated content management system (CMS) which could not be updated. Migrating to a new system takes time and was low on the priority list, but now it is finally happening. We have swapped from Joomla to WordPress as our CMS of choice, which we will slowly populate again with content. The information from the old pages will eventually also be transferred, but it will take some time.
Still producing data (and news) is the infrastructure part of ArcticABC and the Kongsfjorden-Rijpfjorden Observatory Programme (KROP). New projects will also be able to use this umbrella to showcase their activity. 
In the meantime, you can find parts of the old web pages in the Internet archive of the WayBack machine here.

What's happening?

ArcticABC buoy drift 2019-2020 stranded on Iceland

In July 2019, a set of ArcticABC ice tethered observatories (ITOs) got deployed from R/V Kronprins Haakon at about 84°N. The ITOs consisted of an Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP), a Sea-Ice Mass Balance Array (SIMBA), an automated weather station (AWS) and the newly designed high-sensitivity Light & Temperature chain (LT-ITO). During the drift, the SIMBA, AWS and LT-ITO were unfortunately lost at some point. Their data is safe though, as it was transmitted by Iridium. The AZFP data was successfully downloaded by a data harvesting plane with the help of a broadband radio, only a short time before the AZFP-ITO was washed ashore on the northern coast of Iceland. The surface buoy has been recovered by Icelandic SAR, but the AZFP is unfortunately lost. We have the position of an object in the water closed to where the unit beached itself, which we will check out once the Corona restrictions are eased.

Marine Science in action

Recovering a mooring

In March 2019 we deployed a mooring in Ramfjord, close to Tromsø

In June 2020 we recovered in! The video shows the successfull operation

Deploying a mooring

In March 2019 we deployed a mooring in Ramfjord, close to Tromsø

The mooring consisted of a CTD at 20 m, tempertuare loggers, and a upward looking Acoustic Fish and Zooplankton profiler (AZFP) close to the seafloor