Welcome to the changing Arctic Ocean. Polar researchers from the UK and Russia have contributed to this Special Issue of The Marine Biologist to bring wide-ranging content and fantastic images that will really give you a flavour of this cold and remote ocean and its global importance.
Highlights include an article on the MOSAiC project - the biggest Arctic expedition in history, and a conversation with the Director of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) Professor Dame Jane Francis about the UK's new polar research vessel—the RRS Sir David Attenborough—and the future of ship-borne polar research. Thanks to support from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) we have been able to include an A3 pull-out poster showing all the special features of the Sir David Attenborough.
Don't miss the superb double page map of the Arctic Ocean and bordering countries (P 14) which has been specially produced for this edition, placing key locations, expedition routes, and other information relevant to the articles.
This Special Issue is available on open access for a limited period.
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We are very grateful to the many authors who contributed excellent articles for this Special Issue. We would also like to thank Tatiana Iakovleva at the UK Science Innovation Network in Russia, and Henry Burgess at the NERC Arctic Office for their generous support, and Laura Gerrish at the Mapping and Geographic Information Centre, British Antarctic Survey.