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Zoe Charlotte Koenig

Postdoctoral fellow
  • E-mailZoe.Koenig@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 87 06
  • Visitor Address
    Allegt. 70
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 BERGEN

I am a physical oceanographer interested in the dynamics of polar oceans. Most of my studies are based on observations. I am now mainly focusing on the region North of Svalbard and on the Barents Sea, with particular interests on currents, hydrography and mixing in the Arctic Ocean.

Research topics:

  • Arctic ocean: hydrography, pathways
  • Mesoscale and submesoscale processes: eddies, frontal activity, tides


Academic article
  • Show author(s) 2020. Under-Ice Phytoplankton Blooms in the Central Arctic Ocean: Insights From the First Biogeochemical IAOOS Platform Drift in 2017. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Space Physics. 1-17.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Tidally Forced Lee Waves Drive Turbulent Mixing Along the Arctic Ocean Margins. Geophysical Research Letters. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Structure and transport of Atlantic Water north of Svalbard from observations in summer and fall 2018. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Space Physics. 23 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Observations of Turbulence at a Near-Surface Temperature Front in the Arctic Ocean. Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR): Oceans. 20 pages.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Physical oceanography data from the cruise KB 2018616 with R.V. Kristine Bonnevie. .
  • Show author(s) 2020. Physical Process Cruise 2018: Cruise Report. .
  • Show author(s) 2020. Ocean Mixing Process Study 2018: Cruise Report. .
  • Show author(s) 2020. The Atlantic Water boundary current North of Svalbard in 2018-2019: background properties, dynamics and turbulence.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) 2020. Topographically trapped waves along the continental slope north of Svalbard.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Structure and transport of Atlantic water north of Svalbard from observations in summer and fall 2018.
  • Show author(s) 2019. A case study: the dynamics of a surface temperature front in the Arctic Ocean.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Turbulence north of Svalbard in summer 2018: mixed layer evolution and Atlantic Water layer dynamics.
  • Show author(s) 2020. Observations of turbulence at a near-surface temperature front in the Arctic Ocean.
Website (informational material)
  • Show author(s) 2020. The sea ice is melting in the winter when it is freezing cold.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)


Athanase M., N. Sennéchael et al., (2019) New hydrographic Measurements of the Upper Arctic Western Eurasian Basin in 2017 Reveal Fresher Mixed Layer and Shallower Warm Layer Than 2005–2012 Climatology. J. Geophys. Res Doi : 10.1029/2018JC014701.


Koenig Z., A. Meyer et al., (2018) Cooling of the West Spitsbergen Current by shelf-origin cold core lenses. J. Geophys. Res.: Oceans, doi: 10.1029/2018JC014463.

Artana C., J.-M. Lellouche et al., (2018) Fronts of the Malvinas Current System: surface andsubsurface expressions revealed by Satellite Altimetry, Argo Floats and Mercator Operational Model outputs. J. Geophys. Res. Ocean, Doi : 10.1029/2018JC013887


Artana C., R. Ferrari et al., (2017) Malvinas Currentvolume transport at 41°S : a 24-year long time series consistent with mooring data from 3decades and satellite altimetry. J. Geophys. Res. Ocean, doi : 10.1002/2017JC013600

Koenig Z., C. Provost et al., (2017b) The Yermak Pass Branch, a major pathway of the Atlantic Water north of Svalbard ? J. Geophys. Res. Oceans.Doi : 10.1002/2017JC013271

Provost C., N. Sennéchael, et al., (2017) Observations of flooding and snow-ice formation in a thinner Arcticsea ice regime during the N-ICE2015 campaign: influence of basal ice melt and storms . J.Geophys. Res. : Oceans Doi : 10.1002/2016JC012011.

Koenig Z., C. Provost, et al., (2017a) Atlantic Waters inflow north of Svalbard: Insights from IAOOS observationsand Mercator Ocean global operational system during N-ICE2015, J. Geophys. Res.: Oceans Doi : 10.1002/2016JC012424.

Assmy P., M. Fernández-Méndez, et al., (2017). Leads in Arcticpack ice enable early phytoplankton blooms below snow-covered sea ice. Scientific Reports, 7.Doi :10.1038/srep40850

Meyer A., A. Sundfjord, et al., (2017) Winter to summer oceanographic observations in the Arctic Ocean north of Svalbard. J.Geophys. Res.: Oceans Doi:10.1002/2016JC012391.


Koenig Z., C. Provost, et al., (2016b) Winterocean-ice interactions under thin sea ice observed by IAOOS platforms during N-ICE2015:Salty surface mixed layer and active basal melt, J. Geophys. Res. : Oceans Doi :10.1002/2016JC01219.

Artana C., R. Ferrari, et al., (2016) Malvinas Current variability from Argo floats and satellite altimetry. J. Geophys. Res.:Oceans Doi:10.1002/2016JC011889.

Koenig Z., C. Provost, et al., (2016a) Anatomy of the AntarcticCircumpolar Current through Drake Passage, J. Geophys. Res. : Oceans Doi10.1002/2015JC011436.


Koenig Z., C. Provost, et al. (2014) Volume transport of theAntarctic Circumpolar Current. Part I : production and validation of a 20-year-long transporttime series obtained from in situ and satellite observations. J. Geophys. Res.:Oceans Doi10.1002/2014JC009966.

Ferrari R., C. Provost, et al., (2014) Heat fluxes across the Antarctic Circumpolar Current in Drake Passage:mean flow and eddy contributions. J. Geophys. Res.: Oceans Doi 10.1002/2014JC010201.

My postdoc position is linked to the Nansen Legacy Project which aims to witness the changes occuring in the Arctic Ocean and in the Barents sea. I am looking at ocean physical processes in both North of Svalbard and Barents Sea, using in situ measurements collected by underwater gliders, moorings, AUV, and R/Vs (CTD and microstructure).