Arctic Field Projects

Project Title: Sweden-US Workshop to Discuss Potential Joint-Arctic Research using the I/B Oden (Award# 1464167)

PI: Matrai, Patricia A. (
Phone: (207) 315.2567 
Institute/Department: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences,  
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Funding Agency: US\Federal\NSF\GEO\OPP\ARC\RSL
Program Manager: Ms. Renee Crain (
Discipline(s): | Education and Outreach | Meteorology and Climate | Oceanography |

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Science Summary:
This is a workshop grant funding the travel for 15 U.S. researchers to travel to Sweden to discuss potential scientific collaborations using the Swedish icebreaker Oden. The Oden is based in Stockholm, Sweden. NSF was approached with an offer to consider a long-term agreement to make the Oden available for joint research cruises to the Arctic. With its icebreaking capabilities and long endurance, the Oden is a suitable platform for research in the eastern arctic. Because the U.S. icebreakers are located in the western arctic in Seattle, Washington, supporting NSF-funded projects in the eastern arctic with vessels from Europe is an efficient option. Jointly funded cruises allow for scientific collaboration and cost reduction for both sides. To consider whether there are areas for scientific collaboration and interest on the part of the U.S. research community to have the Oden available for arctic research, NSF is supporting U.S. participation in this workshop. This workshop is a first step toward getting input from the research community to discuss the types of research that would be enabled by making the Oden available as a research platform with some regularity. A workshop report will be published online and distributed through arctic research networks.

Logistics Summary:
This grant supports US participants to a workshop on joint Arctic Research using the Swedish icebreaker Oden. The workshop held in Stockholm, Sweden on March 30-April 1, 2015. This workshop is organized by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat (SPRS) and coordinated by the workshop scientific committee. Participation includes 15 scientists from each nation, representatives from the NSF and the Swedish Research Councils as well as logistics personnel from the US and Sweden; approximately 35-40 people will be invited. Three objectives will be addressed: (1) Prioritization of scientific themes, geographical regions, sampling seasons, international collaborations and future demands on technology in this harsh environment; (2) Scientific priorities, collaboration and synergies for a first expedition focusing on the linkages and feedbacks among cloud formation, marine microbiology and climate in the High Arctic; and (3) A process for joint, international decision-making, funding and logistics. Report should be published in 2015 and available through the project website. No fieldwork will be conducted.

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