Theme: GEOEO

This page is for researchers interested in knowing more about GEOEO ‒ a research theme within the Polar Research Process. The research theme GEOEO includes the expedition North of Greenland 2024, carried out with the icebreaker Oden in the Arctic Ocean in the summer of 2024.

What is the theme about?

The theme GEOEO, North Greenland Earth-Ocean-Ecosystem Observatory, builds on the legacy of international research expeditions, projects and networks over the past decade, such as SWERUS-C3, Petermann 2015, Ryder 2019 and EU-PolarNet. Within both the theme and the expedition, ship-based and land-based projects are combined, focusing on coastal areas adjacent to the investigated marine areas. The theme runs from 2022 to around 2026.

The knowledge gaps identified in the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate has served as a motive for the GEOEO theme. There is also a broader link to social and political research topics such as ecosystem health and well-being in the Arctic, challenges in the form of change and adaptation for the coastal Arctic and non-Arctic communities, governance issues and an increase in resource extraction in a rapidly warming climate.

A synthesis report is planned to be completed by the end of the thematic process in 2026. It aims to provide appropriate scientific knowledge about the consequences of research results for various social and political issues in decision-making.

The timeline

  • 8 February 2022
    Webinar/workshop 1 (download pdf presentation)
  • February 2023
    Open call for researchers with Swedish affiliation. To be accepted for a berth, peer-reviewed funding is required.
  • 2023, one year before the expedition
    Workshop 2 - Scope of work (SOW)
  • August to September 2024
    North of Greenland expedition with the icebreaker Oden
  • After the expedition
    Workshop 4, will focus on the post-processing of data and the Synthesis report.

Theme: GEOEO

Theme period: 2022 to 2026

North of Greenland, Arctic Ocean, Lincoln Sea


Do you want more information about GEOEO? Are you an international researcher who is interested in the expedition? Please contact:

Cecilia Lund
Senior Research Officer,
Swedish Polar Research Secretariat

+46 73 644 58 08

Scientific questions

The theme is organised around eight scientific goals.