In less than a month from now, the AGENSI team will be back in the Arctic. The plan is to collect new sediment and water samples from the Arctic Ocean. We will be onboard R/V Kronprins Haakon between 30 June and 11 July. Last week, we were packing our equipment.
We filled 19 boxes with equipment, safety gear, warm suits to wear on deck, pumps to filter water, a multi- and gravity coring system and lots and lots of sample bags. The boxes have been put on pallets and are now on their way to the north.
If all goes well, we will see it again in Longyearbyen on 30 June when we embark on R/V Kronprins Haakon. Our plan is to sail northwards to north of Svalbard and the Yermak Plateau.
The coming weeks, we will keep a close eye on the sea ice north of Svalbard. The amount of sea ice and weather will largely determine where we can go for collecting samples. Currently, there is still a lot of sea ice north of Svalbard. We will find out how it looks in a a few weeks from now. In 24h daylight, it will be very different from our winter time expedition.