Research on oceanography
We gather knowledge about the peculiarities of the physical sea conditions in the Arctic Ocean, its role in climate and climate change, and how variations in sea level and changes in ocean climate may affect marine life. The oceanographers at the Norwegian Polar Institute investigates physical processes of the polar oceans and Nordic Seas through a variety of methods. Both through analytical theory and numerical modeling as well as sea-going observational programs and laboratory experiments we try to understand different aspects related to the physics of the Arctic and Antarctic oceans.
Latest articles on oceanography
Research gives new knowledge about the Atlantic overturning circulation
Scientist Laura de Steur of the Norwegian Polar Institute and her colleague Femke de Jong have done research that contributes to understanding the process of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC).
Recovery Lakes, East Antarctica: Radar assessment of sub-glacial water extent
In 2007 four new large subglacial lakes were reported in the upper reaches of the Recovery ice stream, in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. The collective extent of these lakes, whose existence was deduced from satellite data, would have put them among Antarctica’s largest, second only to Lake Vostok.
The ocean beneath the Fimbul Ice Shelf is cold
The warm deep water found over deep water outside the Fimbul Ice Shelf does not flow directly into the cavity under the ice shelf.
A large pool of freshwater building up in the Arctic
Recent observations of Arctic Ocean outflow in the Fram Strait suggest that freshwater is piling up in the Arctic Ocean. A change in wind direction could release the largest amount of freshwater through Fram Strait ever recorded.