Flagship projects in the Fram Centre 2015.

Flagship projects in the Fram Centre 2015.


Photo: Helge M. Markusson, Fram Centre. Front photo: Nicholas Warner, NILU.

Effects of climate change on sea and coastal ecology in the north

Flagship leader:  Lis Lindal Jørgensen, Institute of Marine Research: lis.lindal.joergensen@imr.no  


Physical-biological coupling: Oceanography and habitat use by predators and their prey:


Effects of climate on cod life history and ecology along a temperate-arctic gradient    

Project leader: Hector Andrade, hector.andrade@akvaplan.niva.no

Participating institutions: ApN, IMR, UNIS, UT, BC          


Effects of oceanic inflow and glacial runoff on fjord circulation in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard; establishment of a high resolution ocean circulation model system       

Project leader: Arild Sundfjord, arild.sundfjord@npolar.no

Participating institutions:  NPI, IMR, UNIS


A coastal, ice-associated arctic whale in a changing climate              

Project leader:Christian Lydersen, christian.lydersen@npolar.no

Participating institutions: NPI, UoT, NVH, UoW


How do a dominant predator and climate shape fish biodiversity over space and time in large marine ecosystems?    

Project leader: Kari Ellingsen, Kari.Ellingsen@nina.no

Participating institutions: NINA, IMR, UoT, BS PINRO, BedIn, MU


The invasive red king crab as a stressor on coastal marine food webs

Project leader:  Jan Sundet, jan.sundet@imr.no     

Participating institutions: IMR, UoT


Seabird habitat use and migration strategies          

Project leader: Børge Moe, borge.moe@nina.no

Participating institutions: NINA, UoT, ApN, NILU, UNIS, UB


The coastal migratory behavior of anadromous fish in relation to environmental parameters

Project leader: Guttorm Christensen, guttorm.christensen@akvaplan.niva.no  

Participating institutions: ApN, UoT, NINA, NIVA, FOC, UoWa      


Impact of harbour seal predation on Tana salmon and Tana salmon fishery 

Project leader: Marius W. Næss,  marius.naess@niku.no      

Participating institutions:    NIKU, NINA, UiT, TRFM       


Structure, function and change in Arctic and boreal fjord ecosystems


Recovery of coastal kelp ecosystems – driven by climate change or predators? 

Project leader: Hartvig Christie, hartvig.christie@niva.no 

Participating institutions: NIVA, UoT, UoM          


Region- and stock-specific catch and migration models of Barents Sea salmon

Project leader: Martin Svenning,  martin.svenning@nina.no

Participating institutions: NINA, UoT, IMR, UTu, PINRO      


Nordic Marine Fjords: Spatial Mapping and Ecosystem Understanding 

Project leader: Lis Lindal Jørgensen, lis.lindal.joergensen@imr.no  

Participating institutions:  IMR, UoT, ApN, AWI 


Benthic biodiversity and ecosystem function in Svalbard and North Norway  

Project leader: Sabine Cochrane, sabine.cochrane@akvaplan.niva.no 

Participating institutions: ApN, NINA, IMR, UNIS       


Life on the edge – Blue mussels on Svalbard

Project leader:   Jørgen Berge, jorgen.berge@uit.no       

Participating institutions: UoT, UNIS, ApN, AU, IOPAS, BC


An integrated approach to understanding weather–ocean interactions along seabird feeding routes   

Project leader: Kjell Einar Erikstad, kjell.e.erikstad@nina.no

Participating institutions: NINA, IMR, NTNU, UR   


Direct age determination in crustaceans: Validation of periodicity of age bands in Barents Sea red king crabs

Project leader: Bodil Bluhm, bodil.bluhm@uit.no

Participating institutions: UoT, ApN, UNIS, BC, UoNB, UoM


Marine base maps for the Porsanger Fjord  

Project leader: Aivo Lepland, aivo.lepland@ngu.no

Participating institutions:   NGU     


Pelagic ecosystems in ice-covered and ice-free fjords under climate change

Project leader: Claudia Halsband,  clh@akvaplan.niva.no

Participating institutions:  ApN, UoT, UNIS    



Foto: Wikipedia


Environmental impacts of industrial activity in the north (MIKON)

Flagship leader: Per Fauchald, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, per.fauchald@nina.no


Knowledge basis for ecosystem based management


ECOMINA – ECOsystem-based management for areas targeted by deep-sea MINing in the Arctic: A pilot study           

Project leader: Eva Ramirez-Llodra, eva.ramirez@niva.no 

Participating institutions: NIVA, NGU, IMR, UoT, UoS   


Net Environmental Benefit Analysis Tool to Assess the Environmental Effects of Arctic Oil Spills and Oil Spill Response Technologies –NEBA    

Project leader: Lionel Camus, lionel.camus@akvaplan.niva.no

Participating institutions: ApN, UoT, NPI, UNIS, Cedre, UoLa        


Ecosystem vulnerability assessment of resources in the Ecosystem vulnerability assessment of resources in the Barents Sea (VULRES)  

Project leader: Raul Primicerio, raul.primicerio@uit.no

Participating institutions: UoT, IMR, ApN


Consequences for organisms and ecosystems


Improving Methods to Assess Ecological Restoration in North Norway (EcoRest)           

Project leader: Gregory Taff, gta@skogoglandskap.no

Participating institutions: NFLI, NINA        


Biological effects of the Skjervøy diesel oil spill – phase II of the sub-Arctic case study

Project leader: Kjetil Sagerup, kjetil.sagerup@akvaplan.niva.no

Participating institutions: ApN, UoT           


Mapping and monitoring cultural heritage sites and environments in the Svalbard Archipelago (CULRES)          

Project leader: Stine Barlindhaug, stine.barlindhaug@niku.no

Participating institutions: NIKU, NINA, NORUT, NPI           


Fate and Impact of MIne Tailings on marine Arctic ecosystems – FIMITA            

Project leader: Anita Evenset, anita.evenset@akvaplan.niva.no

Participating institutions: ApN, NGU, IMR, NORUT, NRPA, SIO, UoG         


Arctic Cetaceans and Ocean Noise (ACON)        

Project leader: Kit Kovacs, kit.kovacs@npolar.no

Participating institutions: NPI, UoT              


Mineral Extraction in the High North – Radiological Risks, Impacts and Mitigation (MINEXRIM)

Project leader: Louise Kiel Jensen, louise.kiel.jensen@nrpa.no

Participating institutions: NRPA, NIVA, NULS        


Consequences for cultural heritage and society   


Sea urchin harvest: Ecosystem recovery, integrated management of social-ecological system, ecosystem service and sustainability (ECOURCHIN)      

Project leader: Wenting Chen, wenting.chen@niva.no

Participating institutions: NIVA, UoT, Nofima, UoC                            


Fragmentation, density dependency and climate change – Saami reindeer husbandry on the brink

Project leader: Marius Warg Næss, marius.naess@niku.no 

Participating institutions: NIKU, NINA, UCL            


Evaluation of impacts of industrial development on cultural heritage and landscapes within an ecosystem services framework (EvaCES)     

Project leader: Marius Warg Næss, marius.naess@niku.no

Participating institutions: NIKU, UoT         


Environmental Impact Analyses (EIA) for reindeer herding – an evaluation        

Project leader: Jan Åge Riseth, Jan.Age.Riseth@norut.no         

Participating institutions: NORUT, NINA  



Photo: Niocholas Warner, NILU.

Hazardous substances – effects on ecosystems and human health (Hazardous substances)


Flagship leader: Eldbjørg Heimstad, NILU – Norwegian Institute for Air Resaearch, esh@nilu.no


Climate change impact and new contaminants

Climate mediated increases in organic matter export to arctic coastal waters    

Project leader: Amanda Poste¸ amanda.poste@niva.no

Participating institutions: NIVA, ApN, NPI, UoT, UoO, EC, SALT           


TraPha- Transformation properties and environmental risk-pharmaceuticals       

Roland Kallenborn, roland.kallenborn@nmbu.no          

NMBU, UNIS, UoT, NILU, NPI, ApN, SRCES RAS                     


Influence of pollution and climate variation in rivers and coastal waters indicated by freshwater and marine bivalves (Kolarctic)                   

Project leader:Michael Carroll¸ michael.carroll@akvaplan.niva.no        

Participating institutions: ApN, Bioforsk, NINA, BC, NHS, UoJ, LCED, TECABN, INEP                  


Cyclic volatile methyl siloxanes (cVMS) – A case study of Storvatn, Hammerfest          

Project leader: Nicholas Warner, Nicholas.Warner@nilu.no        ‘

Participating institutions: NILU, ApN, UoL           


Uptake and trophic magnification of organophosphorus flame retardants in Arctic lake ecosystems

Project leader: Anita Evenset, Anita.Evenset@akvaplan.niva.no          

Participating institutions: ApN, NIVA, NPI, NILU, UoT      


Environmental contaminants in a multi-stress perspective


Multi-stress relationships in seabird populations: Interactions between natural stressors and environmental contaminants   

Project leader: Jan O. Bustnes, Jan.Bustnes@nina.no 

Participating institutions: NINA, NPI, NVH, ApN, NILU, NTNU, CEBC       


Effects of contaminant exposure on energetics

Heli Routti, heli.routti@npolar.no          

Participating institutions: NPI, NILU, UoT, NVH, SINTEF, UoB, UoAa       


Impacts of environmental contaminants and natural stressors on northern raptors                     

Project leader: Jan O. Bustnes, Jan.Bustnes@nina.no

Participating institutions: NINA, NILU, UoT, UoA 


Microplastics in arctic marine food chains; biological uptake pathways and socio-economic consequences      

Project leaders: Dorte Herzke, dhe@nilu.no. Claudia Halsband, claudia.halsband@akvaplan.niva.no

Participating institutions: ApN, NIVA, NILU, NINA, NORUT, NPI, UNIS, UoT, SALT, TM    


Is the Arctic charr population in Lake Ellasjøen, Bjørnøya, affected by chronic exposure to contaminants?                   

Project leader: Anita Evenset, Anita.Evenset@akvaplan.niva.no

Participating institutions: ApN, NIVA, NILU, UoT, CRRLU, UoW               


Effect of pollution on survival of a top predator: A case study integrating ecotoxicology climatology and demography (TOXICLIM)      

Kjell E. Erikstad,Kjell.e.erikstad@nina.no

Participating institutions: NINA, UoT, BS, UoR    


Pollution from petroleum activities and shipping in the north – Effects on Arctic ecosystems and communities             


Characterization of new biomarkers of endocrine disruption in Chlamys Islandica: From natural seasonal baseline levels to their sensitivity towards oil related compounds        

Project leader: Perrine Geraudie, pge@akvaplan.niva.no

Participating institutions: ApN, NILU, IDAEA-CSIC          


Epigenetic effects of oil pollutants in polar cod

Project leader: Øivind Andersen, oivind.andersen@nofima.no 

Participating institutions: Nofima, ApN   


Trophic transfer and genotoxicity of PAHs, their alkylated homologues and metabolites along Arctic and sub-arctic marine food chains      

Maria Granberg, maria.granberg@npolar.no

Participating institutions: NPI, ApN, NINA, UoT, NTNU, UoCo      


Human health effects, risk analysis & communication


Contaminants, food and health security in border region          

Project leader: Eldbjørg Heimstad, esh@nilu.no          

Participating institutions: NILU, NORUT, UoT, ApN, NRPA, FMFI, UoOu, NEI, FMI, NPC, MCBR, INEP -RAS        


Ocean acidification and ecosystem effects in northern waters (Ocean acidification)


Photo: IMR

Flagship leader: Melissa Chierci, Institute of Marine Research, melissa.chierici@imr.no 


Understanding the physical and chemical mechanisms controlling ocean acidification (OA) in Arctic waters – past, present and future


Current OA state and variability-OASTATE        

Project leader: Agneta Fransson, agneta.fransson@npolar.no

Participating institutions: NPI, NIVA, IMR, UoT, UNIS, BedIn     


Biogeochemical drivers and climate change on OA -OADRIVERS         

Project leader: Agneta Fransson, agneta.fransson@npolar.no

Participating institutions:  NPI, IMR, UoH, BedIn           


Biological effects of Ocean Acidification (OA)

Project leader: Howard Browman, howardb@imr.no

Participating institutions:  IMR, NPI, BOS, UoM, CU, RU          


Physiological challenges of OA on copepods              


Transgenerational effects of OA          

Project leader: Caludia Halsband, claudia.halsband@akvaplan.niva.no

 Participating institutions:  ApN, NPI     


Evolutionary adaptation during Arctic OA         

Project leader: Peter Thor, peter.thor@npolar.no

Participating institutions:  NPI, ApN, UNIS, UQAR, UoGo, DTU


Ontogeny and physiological constraints on early life history stages of Lophelia pertusa

Project leader: Johanna Järnegren, johanna.jarnegren@nina.no

Participating institutions:  NINA, FSU   


Pteropod shell thickness and composition in different regimes 

Project leader: Agneta Fransson, agneta.fransson@npolar.no

Participating institutions:  NPI, IMR, JAMSTEC, IOPAS 


Coupled climate-ecosystem-acidification modelling from organism to basin


Validation and comparison of coupled physical-biogeochemical models          

Project leader: Philip Wallhead, philip.wallhead@niva.no

Participating institutions:  NIVA, IMR   


Investigate pelagic ecosystem sensitivity and feedbacks to Arctic Ocean acidification 

Project leader: Philip Wallhead, philip.wallhead@niva.no

Participating institutions:  NIVA, IMR   


Population-level effects of Arctic Ocean acidification on copepods     

Project leader: Pedro Duarte, pedro.duarte@npolar.no

Participating institutions:  NPI 


Benthic-pelagic coupling of Arctic Ocean acidification  

Project leader: Evgeny Yakushev, evgeny.yakushev@niva.no

Participating institutions:  NIVA           


Socio-economic consequences and management options


Socio-economic consequences and management options        

Project leader: Eirik Mikkelsen, eirik.mikkelsen@norut.no

Participating institutions:  NORUT, UoT, NIVA, UoQ    


Photo: NPI


Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, Technology and Systems of Agreements (Arctic Ocean)


Flagship leader: Arild Sundfjord, Norwegian Polar Institutearild.sundfjord@npolar.no


Sea ice, ecosystems and models


SOLICE: Developing Modelling Tools to Understand the Role of Solar Radiation to Sea Ice Mass Balance in a Seasonally Ice Covered Arctic  

Project leader: Mats Granskog, mats.granskog@npolar.no

Participating institutions: NPI, MET, UoT, ApN, FMI, CRREL, AWI                     


Long-term variability and trends in the Atlantic water inflow region (ATWAIN)     

Project leader: Vladimir Pavlov, vladimir.pavlov@npolar.no

Participating institutions: NPI, IMR, UNIS, UoT, IOPAS, WHOI   


Mesoscale modeling of ice, ocean and ecology of the Arctic Ocean    

Project leader: Tore Hattermann, tore.hattermann@akvaplan.niva.no     

Participating institutions: ApN, IMR, NPI, SINTEF, MET


Ecosystem modeling of the Arctic Ocean around Svalbard (ArctisMod)

Project leader: Pedro Duarte, pedro.duarte@mpolar.no

Participating institutions: NPI, ApN, NIVA, UoT 


Driving forces and development of new industry


Drivers for Arctic shipping: Transport alternatives, demand for minerals, and supply and demand of Russian icebreakers

Project leader: Eirik Mikkelsen, Eirik.Mikkelsen@norut.no

Participating institutions: NORUT, FNI, ApN, Capia, UAF          


Regimes for sustainable management

A-LEX: Regulating Arctic Shipping – Political, technological and environmental challenges

Project leader:  Tore Henriksen, tore.henriksen@uit.no

Participating institutions: UoT, MarinTek, ApN              




Ice floe interaction with ships and waves – IfiSaw         

Project leader:  Karl Gunnar Aarsæther, Karl.Gunnar.Aarsather@sintef.no

Participating institutions: SINTEF, UoT, TO, Opilio Inc.  Arctic Ocean    

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Photo: Madelen Lagergren


Effects of climate change on terrestrial ecosystems, landscapes, society and indigenous peoples (Terrestrial) 

Flagship leader: Rolf Ims, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, rolf.ims@uit.no  


Vegetation state change and herbivore management


NCoE-Tundra: Herbivore effects on tundra overgrowth, management and environmental gains  

Project leader: Jane Uhd Jepsen, jane.jepsen@nina.no

Participating institutions: NINA, UoT       


KLIMAVEG: Long term vegetation change in alpine areas in Northern-Norway and Poland – relation to climate and grazing

Project leader:Jutta Kapfer, jutta.kapfer@skogoglandskap.no

 Participating institutions: NFLI, UoT, UoOu                  

Species identification and demographic information from fecal NIRS scans? A study on fox and small rodents

Project leader:Kari Anne Bråthen ,        

Participating institutions: UoT, NINA, NPI                     


Ecosystem effects of extreme climate events and changing seasons

WINNIT – effects of extreme weather and long distance pollution on plant societies      

Project leader: Jarle W. Bjerke, jarle.werner.bjerke@nina.no

Participating institutions: NINA, Bioforsk, UoT  


Ecosystem stress from the combined effects of WInter CLimate change and Air Pollution – how do the impacts differ between biomes? (WICLAP)     

Project leader: Jarle W. Bjerke, jarle.werner.bjerke@nina.no

Participating institutions: NINA, MET, NORUT   


Sentinel Synergy Framework (SenSyF) 

Project leader: Eirik Malnes, Eirik.Malnes@norut.no     

Participating institutions: NORUT, NINA, UoT    


FINEGRASS: Effect of climate extremes on inland production of grass in North-Norway          

Project leader: Gregory Taff, gta@skogoglandskap.no

Participating institutions: NFLI, Bioforsk, NINA             


SnoEcoPhen: Phenological synchrony of arctic plants and their pollinators at altered snow regimes

Project leader: Elisabeth Cooper, elisabeth.cooper@uit.no      

Participating institutions: UoT, UNIS                 


Capacity for adaptation in indigenous people and local societies


The re-distribution of common winter pastures – a comparative analyses of land tenure privatization (REDISTRIBUTE)  

Project leader: Marius Warg Næss, marius.naess@niku.no 

Participating institutions: NIKU, NINA, UCL       


Adaptive management of ecosystem services


Adaptive goose management beyond borders 

Project leader: Ingunn Tombre, ingunn.tombre@nina.no

Participating institutions: NINA, NIKU, NORUT, AU       


Observation systems for climate effects


COAT: Climate-ecological-Observatory-for- Arctic-Tundra         

Project leader: Rolf Ims, rolf.ims@uit.no  

Participating institutions: UoT, NINA, NPI, UNIS, MET     





ApN: Akvaplan-niva Inc.; AU: Aarhus University; AWI: Alfred Wegener Institute; BC: Bates College; BedIn: Bedford Institute; Bioforsk: Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research; BOS: Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science; BS: The Bjerknes Centre; CEBC: Centre d`Etudes Biologiques de Chizé; Cedre: Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution; CRRL: Control/Robotics Research Laboratory (NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering); CRRLU: Columbia River Research Laboratory USA; CU: Clemson University; DTU: Technical University of Denmark; DU: Dalhousie University; EC: Environment Canada; FMFI: County governor of Finnmark; FMI: Finnish Meteorological Institute; FNI: Fridtjof Nansen Institue; FOC: Fisheries and Oceans Canada; FSU: Florida State University; JAMSTEC: Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology; IDAEA-CSIC: Institute of Environmental Assessment and Water Research – Spanish Council for Scientific Research; IMR: Institute of Marine Research; INEP – RAS: Institute of North Industrial Ecology Problems – Russian Academy of Sciences; IOPAS: Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences; LCED: Lapland Centre for Economic Development; MarinTek: The Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute; MCBR: Murmansk Country Birth Registry; MET: The Norwegian Meteorological Institute; MU: Massey University; NEI: Northern and environmental issues; NFLI: The Norwegian Forest and Landscape Institute, NGU: Geological Survey of Norway; NHS: Natural Heritage Services; NINA: Norwegian Institute for Nature Research; NIKU: The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research; NILU: Norwegian Institute for Air Research; NIVA: Norwegian Institute for Water Research; NMBU: Norwegian University of Life Sciences; Nofima: The Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research; NORUT: Northern Research Institute; NPC: The Northwest Public Health Researcher Center; NPI: Norwegian Polar Institute; NRPA: Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority; NULS: Norwegian University of Life Sciences; NTNU: Norwegian University of Science and Technology; NVH: Norwegian School of Veterinary Science; PINRO: Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography; RU: Ryerson University; SINTEF: The Company for Industrial and Technological Research; SIO: Scripps Institution of Oceanography; SRCES RAS: Scientific Research Center for Ecological Safety – Russian Academy of Sciences; TECABN: Transport and the Environment County Administrative Board of Norrbotten; TM: Tromsø Municipality; TO: Troms Offshore; TRFM: Tana River Fisheries Management; UAF: University of Alaska; UB: University of Burgundy; UCL: University College of London; UoA: University of Antwerpen; UoAa: University of Aalborg; UoB: University of Bergen; UoC: University of California; UoCo: University of Copenhagen; UNIS: The University Centre in Svalbard; UoG: University of Gent; UoGo: University of Gothenburg; UoH: University of Hokkaido; UoJ: University of Jyväskylä; UoL: University of Leicester; UoLa: University of Laval; UoO: University of Oslo; UoOu: University of Oulu; UoM: University of Maine; UoNB: University of New Brunswick; UoQ: University of Queensland; UoR: University of Reading; UoS: University of Southampton: UoT: University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway; UoWa: University of Waterloo; UQAR: Université du Québec à Rimouski; UR: University of Reading; UT: University of Texas; UTu: University of Turku; WHOI: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution


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