Exploring the eastern Arctic Ocean margins


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A joint German-Russian oceanographic expedition was made in August and September 1993 to the Eurasian continental margin of the Barents and Laptev seas, a region of high scientific interest that until recently was inaccessible to western oceanographers. The expedition addressed a range of scientific problems spanning geology, oceanography, biology, and sea-ice research, and it marks a major breakthrough in Arctic Ocean research cooperation among Russian and western scientists.

The program grew out of discussions between ocean researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) in Bremerhaven, Germany, the GEOMAR Research Center for Marine Geosciences and the Institute for Polar Ecology (IPO) in Kiel, Germany, the Arctic and Antarctic Institute (AARI) in St. Petersburg, Russia, and several institutes involved in ecological research within the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS). It was coordinated by the AWI and AARI.