The expedition is part of a theme that was decided in the Secretariat’s Polar Research Process to encourage collaboration across scientific disciplines. The theme is North Greenland Earth-Ocean-Ecosystem Observatory – GEOEO. It is built on the legacy from international research expeditions, projects and networks over the past decade such as SWERUS-C3, Petermann 2015, Ryder 2019 and the EU-PolarNet. In the theme as well as the expedition, ship-based projects are combined with land-based ones focusing on the coastal areas adjacent to the marine realms investigated.
The GEOEO Theme aims to address scientific questions focused on understanding the marine cryosphere’s dynamic history and response to future climate change, including implications for marine and terrestrial ecosystems in North Greenland and the adjacent Arctic Ocean, one of the least known regions on Earth. The knowledge gaps identified in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate has served as a motivation for the GEOEO Theme. There is also the broader connection to social and political research topics such as Arctic ecosystem health and wellbeing, adaptation and mitigation challenges for coastal Arctic and non-Arctic communities, governance issues and expanding resource extraction, in a rapidly warming climate.
A synthesis report will be planned for publication by the end of the thematic process in 2026. It aims to provide effective science-based knowledge of the implications of the research findings to different social and political issues in decision making.
August – September 2024 with IB Oden (the theme will be active from 2022 to 2026).
Northern Greenland and the adjacent Arctic Ocean, including the Lincoln Sea.
The GEOEO expedition will be multi-disciplinary. This may imply, for example, data collection within the fields of archaeology, biogeochemistry, climatology and palaeoclimatology, ecology and palaeoecology, geochemistry, genomics, glaciology, marine and terrestrial geology and geophysics, marine and terrestrial biology, oceanography and palaeoceanography. The multi-disciplinary approach also encompasses numerical studies of the ice-ocean-atmosphere-geodynamic system, including, but not limited to, ice sheet modeling, ocean circulation modeling, coupled ice-ocean modeling.
A call for project applications for the GEOEO expedition (concerns the operational support from the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat) is planned to open at the end of 2022. Projects with a strong link to the research theme described above will be prioritized.