The Sea Ice Environmental Research Facility (SERF) at the University of Manitoba is an outdoor seawater pool used for growing sea ice during the cold Canadian winter. In February, 2024, the BREATHE team plans to conduct controlled experiments in this seawater pool to assess how nutrients are incorporated into growing sea ice.
Scientists will board the Norwegian research vessel Kronprins Haakon twice during the four year project to investigate microbial life, gas and nutrient fluxes in pack ice. First, in the polar night of February, 2022, as part of the Nansen Legacy program in the Barents Sea. They will return later in late summer to the Arctic Ocean as part a cruise led by the Norwegian Polar Institute.
Satellite image of January 2019 sea ice thickness (myocean.marine.copernicus.eu)
Credit: Rosalie McKay
Spring in the Canadian Arctic
Summer in the high Arctic & North Pole on the AO2022 cruise