Monday, August 16, 2010

NABOS 2009: The Plan

2009 marked the 8th year of the NABOS Arctic Research Expedition. NABOS stands for the Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System, which are two ocean basins located in the Arctic Ocean north of Russia and Europe.

During these research expeditions lots of neat science takes place! Scientists and technicians from world come together in Kirkines, Norway to depart on an icebreaker ship, destination: the Arctic Ocean.

The main goal of the project is to collect observations ocean water properties, chemical composition, as well as biological samples of local ecosystems and atmospheric measurements in our rapidly changing Arctic. Scientists can use these observations and compare them with previous years to study how the water masses circulate, transform, and mechanisms that could be causing these changes.

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