N-ICE2015 is moving ahead

65 scientists from 22 institutions and 10 countries gather in Malangen, Norway to present and discuss the first analyses of data from N-ICE2015.

Two scientists walking along the Arctic ice, toward Lance, which is lodged in the ice. A helicopter is flying close by.

During the field campaign of N-ICE2015, January to June 2015, the research vessel Lance drifted along with the Arctic ice, and served as a field station for the scientists. Photo: Frede Lamo / Norwegian Polar Institute

N-ICE2015 aims to understand the effects of the new thin, first-year sea ice regime in the Arctic on energy flux, ice dynamics and the ice-associated ecosystem, and local and global climate.

Many of the attendees were on board the research vessel Lance during the N-ICE2015 cruise, but the N-ICE2015 family has since grown, and now includes more specialists and modelers. During the first part of this three-day meeting we will get everyone familiar with the results from all the different disciplines. Then we will move on to identify and discuss cross-disciplinary topics and continue the work on problems that require data from not just one field.

During the 5½-month cruise in the drift ice north of Svalbard we collected data on weather, radiation, snow- and ice thickness and -properties, and on the water masses and ecosystem below the floating pack ice. Adding it all up, we have collected more than 100 data series. Some of the data is already processed, and papers are being prepared, but we still have a lot of work left.

With the input from the meeting, we expect an increase in both count and quality of papers.

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