So, there you are as a first time cruise leader. On a plane, descending into Longyearbyen while overlooking the fjords and snowy mountains. Praying for the second time in one day. After several weeks of intense preparation, we left Bergen on 28 June and travelled to Svalbard. In covid-19 times, the trip is challenging. This time it meant getting up very early, to be on time for getting our noses… Read More »Travel in covid-19 times
Stijn De Schepper
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-… Read More »Packing for an Arctic expedition in summer
While we are preparing for an Arctic cruise in summer, these videos give you an impression of our expedition last winter. Then we experienced 24h of Arctic darkness and a substantial amount of sea ice. Videos made by PhD student Danielle Grant.
In Arctic winter 2020, AGENSI researchers went on an expedition with research vessel Kronprins Haakon to the sea ice covered East Greenland Sea. This is what happened. Anticipation Finally! After working with different aspects of sea ice reconstructions for several years, I was going to see sea ice for the first time from up close. In fact very up close, in one of the most remote regions in the Northern… Read More »Expedition in Arctic winter – a good idea?
Imagine this. You have completed your lab work. You analysed your data and made some quick-and-dirty graphs. You put the graphs and some guiding text into a Powerpoint presentation. You practiced your talk a few times. And you are fully ready, albeit slightly nervous, to get on stage at the EGU. What questions will you get this time? Not to worry, you have prepared a few answers. Then, you realise…… Read More »Participating in the EGU 2020
Late October 2019, a cruise with RV Kronprins Haakon led by J. Knies from the Centre of Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate went out to the Fram Strait to collect sediment cores. Dag Inge Blindheim and PhD students Kristine Steinsland and Danielle Grant from the AGENSI team joined this cruise. And they collected sediment material to study during the AGENSI project. Danielle and Kristine blogged about their first experience with coring… Read More »Sediment cores arrive in Bergen
Kristine Steinsland and Danielle Grant are currently onboard the icebreaker RV Kronprins Haakon in the cold Arctic. They have joined a cruise led by J. Knies from the Centre of Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate (University of Tromsø). The cruise will collect data on methane release from the ocean floor and take sediment cores, up to 25 meters long. As a result, this will open a window on the climate… Read More »Sampling in the Arctic
AGENSI started on 1 August 2019. One of the first actions was to collect new sediment samples in the Arctic. From 8 to 13 August, Stijn De Schepper joined the Norwegian Polar Institute’s cruise onboard RV Helmer Hansen to Kongsfjorden (Svalbard) and the Fram Strait. Together with a team of NPI geologists, we collected three multicores in Kongsfjorden and surface sediments from several locations.
In late May 2019, we invited applications for two PhD positions in Paleoceanography. One position focuses on using Palynology and organic geochemistry. The second position focuses on Molecular Ecology. By the deadline on 11 June, we received applications from strong candidates from all over the world. Interviews were held in late June and early July. We are happy to announce that Kristine Steinsland and Danielle Grant will be joining the… Read More »AGENSI PhD candidates selected