Strengthening polar research cooperation with The Republic of Korea

The Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) and the Nansen Center have made an amendment to their memorandum of understanding strengthening the bilateral research and educational cooperation in the Arctic Ocean.

KOPRI Vice President Jong Kuk Hong and Nansen Center director Sebastian H. Mernild signes the MoU  witnessed by the Korean Ambassador for Arctic Affairs HE Heung-kyeong Park and Director Bjørn Midthun Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.KOPRI Vice President Jong Kuk Hong and Nansen Center director Sebastian H. Mernild signes the MoU witnessed by the Korean Ambassador for Arctic Affairs HE Heung-kyeong Park and Director Bjørn Midthun Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.The signed MoU is the first step towards an extended and strong scientific collaboration between the two national research institutions. The scientific cooperation includes initially field and remote sensing data collection and analysis, development and validation of sea-ice modeling and scientific data management. The Nansen Center will have the possibility to participate in KOPRI field work on the Korean icebreaker to both the European and Asian parts of the Arctic Ocean. Academic exchange will be an important aspect of the cooperation with mutual exchange of scientists and research students on shorter and longer research visits as well as annual workshops or research schools for students and young scientists. “I foresee that KOPRI and the Nansen Center in the future will benefit from this collaboration”, says Mernild. 

The agreement was signed during the official state visit of the  President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea to Norway, by KOPRI Vice President Jong Kuk Hong and Nansen Center director Sebastian H. Mernild. The signing was witnessed by the Korean Ambassador for Arctic Affairs HE Heung-kyeong Park and Director Bjørn Midthun Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.