Cruise title: HACON21 – Hot vents under Arctic ice
Partner: REV Ocean
PI: Eva Ramirez-Llodra, REV Ocean
Location: Aurora vent field, Gakkle Ridge, 82.5N, Arctic Ocean
Ship: Kronprins Haakon, the Norwegian icebreaker
Dates: 28 Sept to 24 Oct 2021
About: The HACON21 cruise will conduct a multidisciplinary investigation of deep (4000 m) hydrothermal vents under permanent ice cover in the Arctic, investigating the Aurora vent field (82.5°N) in the Gakkel Ridge. The samples taken will contribute to unravelling the geochemical and physical processes that shape the Aurora biological communities in order to assess the role played by the Gakkel Ridge in connectivity of chemosynthesis-based ecosystems between ocean basins.