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New research on polar weather prediction and the central Arctic Ocean

Three research projects will receive funding to do research on polar weather predictions and the central Arctic Ocean.

The board of the polar research programme decided on December 7, 2017 to grant NOK 70 million to three research projects. The projects receive funding after applying for the call NOK 70 million for research on polar weather prediction and the central Arctic Ocean.

Before the program board decided to allocate funds to the projects, all the projects that applied were assessed by panels consisting of international referees and received good assessments.

Participation in international campaigns
The overall goal with the projects is to improve polar weather prediction and knowledge about the central Arctic Ocean. Participation in and cooperation with international campaigns were specifically highlighted in the call, and coordinated projects were requested. 3 of the projects that have received funds will cooperate with or participate in the international campaigns MOSAiC and YOPP.

  • MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) is an international full-year ice-drifting expedition with the German icebreaker Polarstern. The plan is that Polarstern will drift across the Arctic Ocean during the season 2019-2020 in the same way that Fridtjof Nansen's FRAM expedition did over 100 years ago. This is a unique opportunity to get full-year measurements related to climate and environmental changes in the central Arctic Ocean. The Norwegian projects will both be integrated with the total research program in MOSAiC and at the same time be useful to other researchers.
  • YOPP (Year of Polar Prediction) is an internationally coordinated measurement campaign under WMO (World Meteorological Organisation) and will help improve weather forecasts in the polar regions. The Norwegian contributions to YOPP are important and are based on already strong knowledge of the special weather phenomena and processes occurring in our parts of theArctic. By taking advantage of common data and model results, research will contribute to the improvement of weather prediction models and observing systems.

The following projects have received funding:

Project number Title Institution

Ridges - Safe Havens for ice-associated Flora and Fauna in a Seasonally ice-covered Arctic Ocean

Norwegian Polar Institute

Coordinated Arctic Acoustic Thermometry Experiment

Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center 


Advanced models and weather prediction in the Arctic: Enhanced capacity from observations and polar process representations (ALERTNESS)

Norwegian Meteorological Institute

Read more about the call.

Written by:
Mette Mila Seniorrådgiver +47 22 03 72 75
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