The changing Arctic Ocean and new research
in the UK and Russia

The Arctic Ocean is the fastest warming region on Earth. In the new Special Issue of The Marine Biologist magazine we focus on concerted international scientific efforts to better understand the changing Arctic Ocean. Access to The Marine Biologist magazine is usually an exclusive benefit of MBA membership, however, for a limited period we are releasing this Special Issue on Open Access.  

From phytoplankton to polar bears and permafrost, the stories and images from UK and Russian contributors give an authentic flavour of this cold and remote ocean, and its global importance. Highlights include Changing Arctic Ocean projects with close links with researchers in Russia, an article on MOSAiC, the biggest Arctic expedition in history, and a conversation with Professor Dame Jane Francis, Director of the British Antarctic Survey, about the future of ship-bome polar research. This is complemented by an A3 pull-out poster showing all the special features of the UK's new polar research vessel the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

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'Arctic feast'. A polar bear after a successful hunt. © Vladimir Melnik. 

The full Special Issue is available to read now!

In addition, a superb double page map of the Arctic Ocean and bordering countries has been specially produced for this edition, placing key locations, expedition routes, and other information relevant to the articles.

We are very grateful to the many authors who contributed excellent articles for this Special Issue, and for generous support provided by Tatiana Iakovleva at the UK Science Innovation Network in Russia, and Henry Burgess at the NERC Arctic Office. We would also like to thank Laura Gerrish at the Mapping and Geographic Information Centre, British Antarctic Survey

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Apr 6, 2021 By guba