Today marks the beginning of Arctic Sense – Chapter 2. The crew will depart from Tromsø this afternoon to start their journey to Svalbard. Transiting across open ocean will not be an easy feat, but luckily the Barba crew consists of seasoned sailors, including Captain Andreas who has made the crossing to Svalbard in the past.
Svalbard will also mark the beginning of Arctic Sense’s major research projects, which focus on gaining a better understanding of whale populations in the area and their vulnerability to current environmental/anthropogenic stressors. In partnership with leading research institutions including the University of Iceland and University of Stavanger and Turku University of Applied Sciences, the Arctic Sense scientific programme will be led by the collaborative research group Whale Wise.
Read more in the Barba blog: Arctic Sense: Svalbard Research
We will share more in the coming weeks, but for now, we wish the best of luck to the Barba crew on their voyage to Svalbard!
Featured image by Tord Karlsen