FRontiers in Arctic marine Monitoring


Our ability to understand the complex interactions of biological, chemical, physical, and geological processes in the ocean and on land is still limited by the lack of integrative and interdisciplinary observation infrastructures. The main purpose of the planned open-ocean infrastructure FRAM (FRontiers in Arctic marine Monitoring) is permanent presence at sea, from surface to depth, for the provision of near real-time data on Earth system dynamics, climate variability and ecosystem change.


The FRAM Ocean Observing System will be installed in the gateway between the North Atlantic and the Central Arctic, representing a highly climate-sensitive and rapidly changing region of the Earth system. It will serve national and international tasks towards a better understanding of the effects of change in ocean circulation, water mass properties and sea-ice retreat on Arctic marine ecosystems and their main functions and services.


FRAM will implement existing and next-generation sensors and observatory platforms, allowing synchronous observation of relevant ocean variables, as well as the study of physical, chemical and biological processes in the water column and at the seafloor. Experimental and event-triggered platforms will complement observational platforms. Products of the infrastructure are continuous long-term data with appropriate resolution in space and time, as well as ground-truthing information for ocean models and remote sensing.

Contact: A. Boetius, T. Kanzow



Soltwedel, T., Schauer, U., Boebel, O., Nöthig, E.-M. , Bracher, A., Metfies, K., Schewe, I., Klages, M.,  Boetius, A. (2013): FRAM - FRontiers in Arctic marine Monitoring: Permanent Observations in a Gateway to the Arctic Ocean. OCEANS - Bergen, 2013 MTS/IEEE. doi:10.1109/OCEANS Bergen.2013.6608008

Seit: 2014

Region: Fram Strait, central Arctic


Ice-tethered platforms, autonomous underwater vehicles, moorings, stationary and mobile benthic platforms with autonomous sensors, samplers, analytical instruments and cameras

Ansprechpartner: Antje Boetius

Publikationen: ePIC

Daten: Pangaea