NTNU and The University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to leverage their collective scientific expertise and technology platforms to map and monitor the world’s oceans, lakes and waterways.
The large Norwegian research project “The Nansen Legacy” has studied climate and ecosystem changes in the northern Barents Sea for seven years. Now, the project is soon coming to a close.
Winter is here and animals in the wild are facing challenges of how best to spend their energy. A lot of the small birds that can be seen now, were hatched this year and grew rapidly in the spring to reach their adult body size.
The Arctic white winter wonderland. Ocean is covered by sea ice where seals and polar bears live. The landscape is mesmerizing. Although it is always cold here, this part of the planet is subjected to strong seasonal changes. The most dramatic being light.
Who hasn’t seen the oil covered seabirds and big-eyed otters in the news after massive oil spills like Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon? The images represent how oil production can impact the marine environment and are visually powerful. Oil covered zooplankton may not be equally heartbreaking – but it should be. Exposure to toxic oil compounds during critical life phases of low trophic level copepods have the potential to shift entire ecosystem dynamics.
Life is thriving in the Arctic beneath ice. At the base of the food web is Ice algae. They are an important food source for life in the arctic sea, and flourish in this extreme environment. Modern technology gives us exciting possibilities to learn more about them and how they have adapted to their environment.