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"High North 2020". New oceanographic campaign by the research vessel Alliance



"High North 2020-2022", the new three-year research campaign in marine geophysics, organized by the Italian Navy and the Navy Hydrographic Institute, started on Monday 22 June when the multipurpose research vessel "Alliance" set sail  from the port of La Spezia heading for the Arctic.

The High North campaigns are part of the Italian Navy's commitment in the Arctic region and this year's campaign has the aim to further deepen the knowledge of the Arctic ocean, consolidating and further developing scientific research in a vast range of areas. The High North 2020-2022 will see a strong component of Young Ocean Researchers and went off just a few months before the international decade dedicated to the oceans (UN Decade of Ocean Science for Environment Sustainability) will open.

The "Alliance", under the command of captain Andrea Crucitti, is a multipurpose NATO research vessel, crewed by the Italian Navy. On board there are 48 military personnel and a scientific team coordinated as in previious years by Prof. Roberta Ivaldi of the Navy Hydrographic Institute. As with all ships of the  Italian Navy currently engaged in operations, a stringent health procedures have been implemented to keep the personnel on board safe in the face of the COVID-19 emergency.

The Alliance will stop in July in Norway and the Svalbard islands.The Institute of Polar Sciences (ISP) and the Institute of Marine Sciences (Ismar) of the Italian National Research Counil participate in the scientific expedition; other institutions involved include the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (Ogs), NATO STO-CMRE, the JRC - European Union Research Center, the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and economic development (Aeneas), the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (Ingv), the European Research Institute (ERI) and the private industry e-GEOS.