ⓘ Nansen Basin

Nansen Basin

ⓘ Nansen Basin

The Nansen Basin is an abyssal plain with water-depths of around 3 km in the Arctic Ocean and part of the Eurasian Basin. It is named after Fridtjof Nansen. The Nansen Basin is bounded by the Gakkel Ridge on the one side and by the Barents Sea continental shelf on the other.

The lowest point of the Arctic Ocean lies within the Nansen Basin and has a depth of 4.665 m. The Barents Abyssal Plain is located at the center of the Fram Basin.


1. Oceanographic situation

The Russian-American cooperation Nansen and Amundsen Basin Observational System NABOS aims "to provide a quantitative observationally based assessment of circulation, water mass transformations, and transformation mechanisms in the Eurasian and Canadian Basins of the Arctic Ocean".