Scientific research has been the motivation for many explorers to venture to the far north, and their insights have greatly contributed to our understanding of this remote and in many ways mysterious world. We are passionate about continuing this tradition because our understanding of biological and meteorological processes taking place in the Arctic is essential, if we are to understand the effects of climate change and to protect the fragile habitats of this realm.
Throughout the season, we are participating in a range of science projects that make valuable contributions to our understanding of the oceans and our climate. We invite you to get involved in the daily observations and research tasks, providing you with a unique and exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the environment we explore.
Citizen Science has been highly effective at increasing the number of scientific observations, thus accelerating the rate at which we have gained valuable knowledge of our planet in recent years. We actively participate in the following projects, leveraging our know-how and our presence in remote areas, thereby providing scientists with crucial data for their projects.
One of the most apparent characteristics of water to the human eye is water colour. The colour of the water is an indication of its algae and organic content that is the basis of nourishment for all other organisms in the marine food chain. Therefore, water colour is an indication for life in the water.
Scientists have been measuring the colour of marine waters via the Forel-Ule scale for more than 200 years. Our measurements are invaluable to scientists and will contribute to this long-term observation and continue the time series.
The phytoplankton in the sea, although invisible to the naked eye, are the ocean’s most important inhabitants since they are the foundation of the plankton food web that underpins the marine food chain. Today, there is evidence that the phytoplankton are being affected by climate change with ensuing ramifications for the life in the sea and the ecology of our planet.
Scientists need to know more about how the phytoplankton are changing both seasonally and from year to year.
By taking part in a global study of the phytoplankton we will help scientist learn more about it at a time when their habit is altering due to climate change.