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Polar Front project Project

The Barents Sea Polar Front, which often matches the southern extent of the seasonal ice zone, is known to be of particular importance for primary production, spawning, and feeding by various components of the pelagic ecosystem. Using traditional shipboard sampling and the Akvaplan-niva fleet of autonomous sampling platforms the Polar Front project will investigate this ecosystem during three seasons, including the poorly known Polar Night.

Data will be visualized in real-time and archived under Open Data policies. In addition, tools will be developed whereby industry and modellers can access data in appropriate formats for management, environmental risk assessment, and ecosystem dynamics studies. Industry and management end-user groups are integrated into the project to assure that scientific results have solid impact.