The project, called INTPART AKMA (Advancing Knowledge on Methane in the Arctic), is shared between the Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate in Tromsø Norway and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Massachusetts USA.
It aims to advance the collective knowledge surrounding methane activity in the ocean in Arctic regions. These regions are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and methane has the potential to drastically accelerate those effects if left unchecked.
The primary objectives of AKMA are to develop a long term, multidisciplinary education and research collaboration focused on Arctic methane sources, processes, ecosystems and geological history to provide exceptional training to become the next generation of experts in Arctic Marine sciences and greenhouse gas phenomena.
AKMA offers scientific and technical exchanges between partners and students, as well as dedicated research expeditions on the R.V. Kronprins Haakon focusing on student training in methods, data acquisition and analysis. There will also be intensive courses in Arctic cold microbe biogeochemistry and webinars/seminars pertaining to the scientific topics.
For more information contact project manager Giuliana Panieri.
Text: Kate Waghorn