Arctic ABC Fjord

Foto: Maxime Geoffroy

Arctic ABC Fjord

HOST INSTITUTE: Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, Faculty of Biosciences, Fisheries and Economics
PERIOD: 2017-2019

Arctic ABC Fjord is part of a larger programme funded mainly by the Norwegian Research Council – Arctic ABC. The programme include a project that has status as National Research Infrastructure, in which we aim at developing autonomous ice-tethered platforms that can sample and transmit data from the drift ice in the Arctic Ocean. The platforms will have sensors that measure both physical and biological parameters, including light, temperature, salinity, bioacoustics and biomass of primary producers in ice-covered waters. Arctic ABC Fjord will fund the development and deployment of such platforms in fast ice in fjords on Svalbard and Canada.


Ludvigsen, M., Berge, J., Geoffroy, M., Cohen, J.H., De La Torre, P.R., Nornes, S.M., Singh, H., Sørensen, A.J., Daase, M., Johnsen, G. (2018) Use of an autonomous surface vehicle reveals small-scale diel vertical migrations of zooplankton and susceptibility to light pollution under low solar irradiance. Science Advances, 4. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aap9887

Geoffroy, M., Cottier, F.R., Berge, J. and Inall, M.E., 2017. AUV-based acoustic observations of the distribution and patchiness of pelagic scattering layers during midnight sun. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 74(9), pp.2342-2353. DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsw158

Berge J, Geoffroy M, Johnsen G, Cottier F, Bluhm B, Vogedes D. Ice-tethered observational platforms in the Arctic Ocean pack ice. International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) – Papers on line, 49: 494-499. doi: 10.1016/j.ifacol.2016.10.484

Darnis G., Hobbs L., Geoffroy M., Grenvald J. C., Renaud P. E., Berge J., Cottier F., et al. (In press) From polar night to midnight sun: diel vertical migration, metabolism and biogeochemical role of zooplankton in a high Arctic fjord (Kongsfjorden, Svalbard). Limnology and Oceanography, doi:10.1002/lno.10519

M Geoffroy, J Berge, E. Leu, P. Priou, J. Søreide et al. Diel vertical migration of zooplankton in an ice-covered Arctic fjord over the transition from winter to midnight sun. To be submitted to Ploar Biology in 2019.