FRAM-2012 is a test run towards the ultimate goal, which is to examine the oldest sediments in the Arctic Ocean that an asteroid impact has uncovered in the crestal regions of the Alpha Ridge.
The specific purposes of the expedition are:
- to explore the geological environment along the polar continental margin north of Svalbard before 60 million years ago by collecting geological samples from the slope of the Lomonosov Ridge:
- to register the first continuous measurement of the profile thickness of sea ice from Svalbard to the North Pole:
- to document an operational strategy that will make it possible for Norwegian researchers to have a future continuous research north of the marginal ice zone.
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center, (NERSC) Bergen,Norway
||Professor Yngve Kristoffersen, University of Bergen, Norway / NERSC
Gaute Hope, Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen, Norway
The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research, Longyearbyen, Svalbard
||The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, Stavanger, Norway
Follow the expedition by the daily and weekly reports:
Text: Kine Stiberg
Photos: Yngve Kristoffersen