BIG – Bjørndalen Integrated Gradients – a High-Arctic Field Laboratory (2019 -)
Arctic fieldwork is costly and logistically challenging. We can optimize research output, learning outcomes, and contribute to long-time monitoring by co-location of research projects, course work and student fieldwork, and invest in common instrumentation and rigid systems for registration and sharing of data in common data bases.
In Bjørndalen, the AB department is combining resources to study and link systems from the marine realm (the IsA time series station), through the coastal zone and onto land. The aim is to build a cost-effective field laboratory that creates research synergies between faculty and authentic research experiences for students. We also aim to invite external researchers to establish within our system where background knowledge exists. By adding piece by piece of information, we will increase the overall knowledge of the study system and be able to embrace interactions in the ecosystem. Over time we will be able to separate seasonal variations from climate change.
The project is funded through a range of sources but have dedicated funding through the Thon foundation (2019-2022).