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  • Cooperating with China on research project AMORA

    Cooperating with China on research project AMORA

  • Clouds halve the climatic effect of bare ocean

    Dwindling sea ice in the Arctic is given a key role in climate change and is feared as a driver of global warming.

  • Conclusions from the ICE-cruise with RV Lance

    After 3 weeks of intensive work in icy waters off northern Svalbard, this year's ICE-cruise ended on May 16 in Longyearbyen. During this period, we documented the spring ocean and ice conditions as well as the timing and composition of the ice algal and phytoplankton bloom. We also studied spring snow–ice–ocean–atmosphere interactions, which are of great importance for improving the performance of climate models.

  • Blog from RV Lance: Under-ice turbulence instruments recovered

    Today we recovered our under-ice turbulence instruments after two days of operation. The system consists of eight different sensors fixed to an eight meter long aluminium pole.

  • Blog from RV Lance: Measuring, coring, drilling, dug snow pits and a whole lot of other things on the sea ice.

    After a week at sea we have been already walking on water many times, at times with more than 2000 m of water below our feet, we have been measuring, coring, drilling, dug snow pits and a whole lot of other things on the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean north of Svalbard.

  • Blog from RV Lance: Plankton and sea ice ecology

    Air temperature -8 °C, but feeling colder due to the wind chill; water temperature close to freezing, overcast skies, and three people (Harvey, Mirko and Philipp) in survival suits close to the edge of a large ice flow.

  • Cryosat: ICE-cruise 2011 blog

    An international group of seven sea ice scientists left Longyearbyen on 4 April onboard the Norwegian Coastguard vessel KV Svalbard together with polar bear and ivory gull researchers, heading towards the sea ice north and northeast of Svalbard.

  • Chinese researchers visiting Tromsø

    The Chinese-Norwegian research project AMORA is developing measuring devices to improve the understanding of how the sun affects global warming, and which role the Arctic sea ice plays in this. The participants of the project recently met in Tromsø.

  • Kick-off Workshop for the Norwegian-Chinese research project AMORA arranged in Shanghai

    A kick-off workshop for the new project AMORA was recently arranged in Shanghai at the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC). AMORA stands for "Advancing Modelling and Observing solar Radiation of Arctic sea-ice - understanding changes and processes" and is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

  • Melt ponds may explain rapid melting of sea ice

    The current climate models do not predict an ice-free Arctic for another 50 to 100 years, but observations show that melting of the sea ice is accelerating. Why are none of the models able to describe this rapid change? Melt ponds on the sea ice in summer may be part of the explanation.

  • Norwegian-Canadian collaboration in the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study

    The Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study (CFL) is a large Canadian-led international effort to understand the role of the CFL in a context of Arctic warming.