International Polar Ocean Day

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Drammensveien 78, Oslo.

With the sea ice retreat the gateway to the high Arctic and the Polar Ocean is opening up. New opportunities appear which need to be met both in science, politics and through international collaboration.

Norwegian polar research has recently been evaluated, and we are challenged to raise our ambitions. In response, the Norwegian government is funding The Nansen LEGACY project, opening up new opportunities for international collaboration to improve our understanding of the world's northernmost ocean. At the same time a strong environmental research agenda has been launched by Finland under their chairmanship of the Arctic Council. We need to take advantage of these opportunities. Where do we start? What actions do we need to take?


09:00-10:00 Coffee and registration

Part one: The big picture – science and infrastructure 

10:00-10:30 Science and advice to support the sustainable use of the Northern oceans: An Arctic focus
Anne Christine Brusendorff, ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Seas)

10:30-11:00 The Arctic Ocean: The big picture
Karen Lochte, Alfred Wegener Institute 

11:00-11:20 Follow-up of the Arctic Council decision called the Fairbanks declaration
Anniken R. Krutnes, Norwegian ambassador to the Arctic Council 

11:20-11:40 ARICE (Arctic Research Icebreaker consortium): The need for coordinated logistics
Nicole Biebow, Alfred Wegner Institute

Part two: The Polar Ocean and science for “the future”

12:40-13:10 Past and future of Arctic Deep Sea drilling
Jørn Thiede

13:10-13:30 Ecosystem evolution in the Polar Ocean as the sea ice retreats
Marit Reigstad, leader of The Nansen Legacy Project

13:30-13:50 Sea Ice and atmosphere interaction; implications for the Arctic Earth System
Michael Tjernström

13:50-14:10 Synoptic Arctic Survey: A Fundament for Future Arctic Research
Leif Anderson

14:10-14:30 The Polar Ocean and its past secrets
Bjørg Risebrobekken, Uni Research Klima

14:30-14:45 The Polar Ocean and future research
Yngve Kristoffersen

14:45-15:15 Coffee break

15:15-15:35 The Arctic region in an Earth System perspective   
Trude Storelvmo, UiO

15:35-16:30 Panel discussion: How can we optimize cooperation between science and infrastructure in the time ahead?
Swedish Polar Research Secretariat RCN, Jon Børre Ørbæk, NFR, Marit Reigstad, Norwegian Polar Institute, Ole Arve Misund, Norwegian Polar Institute

16:30-18:30 Tapas

The meeting is free and open to the public.