The expedition Synoptic Arctic Survey will take place onboard the Swedish Icebreaker Oden during August-September 2021. The expedition is part of an international collaboration setting out to map the status and change of the Arctic Ocean ecosystem. Researchers from the Linnaeus University will participate in projects that will study bacteria, phytoplankton, zooplankton and viruses in the Arctic Ocean
Facts about the project
Project managers Hanna Farnelid, Samuel Hylander, Karin Holmfeldt Other project members Jarone Pinhassi, Clara Pérez Martinez, Dennis Amnebrink, Christien Laber, Elin Lindehoff, Janina Rahlff, Emma Svahn, Linnaeus University, Lisa Winberg von Friesen, University of Copenhagen Participating organizations Linnaeus University, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat Financier Swedish Polar Research Secretariat Timetable July 16 - September 20 2021 Subject Ecology, Biology and Environmental Science (Department of Biology and Environmental Science, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences) Research groups Marine phytoplankton ecology and applications (MPEA), Marine Microbial Ecology, Food Web Ecology Linnaeus Knowledge Environment Water Website htthttps://synopticarcticsurvey.w.uib.no/ https://www.polar.se/en/expeditions/synoptic-arctic-survey-2021/
The Arctic Ocean is one of the least studied oceans in the world and is currently greatly affected by global warming. Changes in the Arctic will affect the whole planet and it is therefore important to map the current status and the changes that are taking place.
The Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS) is a bottom-up, researcher driven, initiative aiming at collecting empirical data in the Arctic ocean. SAS is an international coordination of 12 research vessels and will take place in 2020/2021. The initiative enables unprecedented coverage of large parts of the understudied Arctic Ocean, providing knowledge for tracking climate change and its impacts on the Arctic Ecosystem. The overarching question of the Synoptic Arctic Survey is: What are the present state and major ongoing transformations of the Arctic marine system?
The expedition will start on July 16 with an individual quarantine for the participants in Malmö. On July 26, the icebreaker Oden departs from Helsingborg and on August 2, the observations in the Arctic Ocean begin. The estimated return to Helsingborg is September 20, 2021.