NANSEN

NANSEN (North Atlantic and Norwegian Sea Exchange) was set up under ICES Council Resolution C.Res 1985/4:9. Its specific objectives were to:

  • study the hydrography and circulation of the Iceland Basin,
  • study the temporal and and spatial variability of the inflows and outflows across the Greenland-Scotland Ridge.

Research Vessel observations in support of NANSEN were collected from 1986 to 1989. All relevant data were managed by the ICES Oceanographic Data Centre (stations) and the British Oceanographic Data Centre (moored instrumentation). The scientific results have been presented at ASC theme sessions and published in ICES Cooperative Research Report No. 225: North Atlantic - Norwegian Sea Exchanges: The ICES NANSEN Project, 1998. DKK 320.00. Please consult our Publications Page for ordering information.

The NANSEN dataset is available as a compressed comma seperated file.

Summary information on the Scientific cruises undertaken under the auspices of NANSEN, including their availability from ICES, is shown below:

IOCShipDate# of Bottles# of CTD's# at ICES
26Magnus Heinason25 Apr to 04 May 86 1110
26Magnus Heinason05 Jun to 16 Jun 86 10157
26Magnus Heinason07 Aug to 19 Aug 86 510
58Haakon Mosby01 Jun to 17 Jun 86 6565
26Magnus Heinason23 Apr to 06 May 87 1000
26Magnus Heinason03 Jul to 14 Jul 87 187175
26Magnus Heinason26 Aug to 08 Sep 87 540
06Gauss 202 Jul to 14 Aug 87 8382
46Bjarni Saemundsson03 Sep to 22 Sep 8764 64
64Tydeman11 Sep to 05 Oct 87 2020
58Eldjarn16 Mar to 11 Apr 87 6363
58G.O.Sars28 Jul to 16 Aug 87 105105
58Haakon Mosby27 Jun to 10 Jul 87 165165
74Challenger09 May to 05 Jun 87 8887 
74Cirolana19 Jun to 20 Jul 87 123123
74Frederick Russell04 Aug to 24 Aug 8764206206
74Frederick Russell27 Aug to 19 Sep 87x166117
74Scotia17 Jun to 07 Jul 87123411
74Scotia09 Sep to 29 Sep 871016789
26Magnus Heinason23 Apr to 02 May 88 1010
26Magnus Heinason20 May to 01 Jun 88 16420
26Magnus Heinason11 Aug to 28 Aug 88 950
06Gauss15 Jun to 16 Jul 88 8371
58Haakon Mosby29 Apr to 02 May 88 119119
74Challenger24 Feb to 07 Mar 8887620
74Challenger06 Jun to 23 Jun 88142147146
74Gorsethorn23 Oct to 06 Nov 88131121
58Haakon Mosby26 May to 06 Jun 89 6161