Dear ARCEx colleagues and friends,
As 2016 draws close to its end, we want to give a brief update on activities in ARCEx.
We have seen a year of full production, and there has been 10 PhD fellows and 5 postdocs in action. The result has been several great presentations, manuscripts, and publications. Some of the new research is and will be based on the exciting expeditions and research cruises we have led during 2016. A research cruise onboard R/V Helmer Hanssen to the marginal ice zone around Svalbard in May, and a land based expedition to Bjørnøya in September are among the adventurous endeavours. We also had field trips to the coastal areas in Finnmark to enhance our understanding of onshore-offshore correlations, and we had drone campaigns in the fjords on Kvaløya to test unmanned aerial vehicles for detection of marine mammals. A huge thumbs up to those planning and executing these expeditions!
In October the Research Council arranged a site visit to Tromsø, and we got a chance to present the project status and the local infrastructure to our stakeholders. The site visit was very useful for the ARCEx management as well, and we gained confidence in the level and direction the project has taken. Five new positions are underway, and we have collaborated closely with the industry partners to ensure that the research topics are interesting and relevant. The selection and hiring is now in process, and we hope everyone can give us a hint if they know a potential young and eager scientist that will help advance ARCEx.
In summary, 2016 has been a very busy and very interesting year. We hope that 2017 will be fun, positive, and scientifically interesting as well. ARCEx will go through its midway evaluation in 2017, which is a process we expect to be demanding but also interesting.
Before closing, we must thank Dr. Willy Røed, Univ. of Stavanger, for his great contributions to research in risk analysis the past two years. Willy's postdoc period in ARCEx ends the last day of the year, and we are very thankful for having had him onboard!
We wish you all
Happy New Year!
Ellen Ingeborg Hætta and Alfred Hanssen