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The Nansen Legacy Report Series

About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Nansen Legacy Report Series was established to make available all Nansen Legacy cruise reports, which contain important information to openly accessible datasets generated by the project. The report series also embraces Nansen Legacy annual project reports, workshops reports, sampling protocols and data management plans.  

The Nansen Legacy is a novel and holistic Arctic research project that will provide integrated scientific knowledge on the rapidly changing marine climate and ecosystem. A new knowledge base is required to facilitate a sustainable management of the northern Barents Sea and adjacent Arctic Basin through the 21st century. The Nansen Legacy team consist of over 140 researchers from ten Norwegian research institutions. The research team includes interdisciplinary arctic marine expertise within physical, chemical, and biological oceanography, as well as geologists, modelers and underwater robotic engineers. Jointly they will investigate the past, present and future climate and ecosystem of the northern Barents Sea. The Nansen Legacy will spend about 360 days at sea, using the new Norwegian research icebreaker ‘Kronprins Haakon’ as its main research platform. The ship-based sampling is complemented by the use of underwater robotics, year-round moored observing platforms and satellite-based observations. Complementary model tools are used to integrate field-based observations, and to investigate the dynamics of the physical and biological components of the northern Barents Sea climate and ecosystem at present and in the future. The Nansen Legacy runs for six years (2018–2023), and is funded by the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. They provide 50% of the budget while the participating institutions contribute 50% in-kind. 

No Peer Review

The reports in the series are not peer reviewed.

Publication Frequency

Publication of volumes occurs intermittently, as the reports arise from scientific cruises and expert working groups without regular schedule.  

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. 


The journal belongs to UiT The Arctic University of Norway and is published by Septentrio Academic Publishing, an Open Access publishing service at the University Library of Tromsø.