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Arctic Sea Ice still on decrease
2012 Climate
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 08:42

(Photo: National Snow and Ice Data Center) Extent of the sea ice registered 26th of August 2012 (Photo: National Snow and Ice Data Center) Extent of the sea ice registered 26th of August 2012

Scientists from National Snow and Ice Data Center and NASA hosted media teleconference yesterday, where the new record of the low ice extent was discussed.

 

Arctic sea ice extent registered yesterday reached the lowest level of ice registered since 2007. It felt down to 4.10 million square kilometers (1.58 million square miles) on August 26, 2012. This was 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) below the September 18, 2007 daily extent of 4.17 million square kilometers (1.61 million square miles).

 

Arctic sea ice cover melted to the lowest extent in the satellite record yesterday, breaking the previous record which was last observed in 2007.

 

Specialists predict that with the three weeks of the melting season left, the ice extent could drop even lower. The full analysis from the summer of 2012 will be released in October.

 

 

 
Growing Alaskan - Icelandic cooperation
2012 Other
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 27 August 2012 11:10

(Photo: Arctic Portal) Olafur Ragnar Grimsson during the Summit (Photo: Arctic Portal) Olafur Ragnar Grimsson during the Summit Today, leaders from circumpolar states gather in Girdwood, Alaska for the Arctic Imperative Summit, one of this year´s biggest events, in order to discuss most prominent  Arctic issues, starting with indigenous matters to security development.

 

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, President of Iceland, met with ministers and senior Alaskan officials, strengthening the cooperation between Iceland and Alaskan state government.

 

Scheduled flights to Iceland from northern part of United States, starting from next year, are considered to be a symbol of a new era in Icelandic – American tourism and transport.

 

Climate change is causing Alaska´s Arctic to change at unprecedented rate that will bring more shipping and development to the Far North. Declining sea ice means more viable and efficient shipping corridors. Development and increase in marine shipping will lead to parallel development of air traffic.

 

The 2012 Summit once again brings together the leading voices of the Arctic and residents of the small Alaskan villages and coastal communities.

 

The goal of this year´s Arctic Imperative Summit is to sharpen the focus on the policy and investment needs of the U.S Arctic by providing a forum for leaders from all Arctic – related disciplines to collaborate on solutions and to reach sustainable results.

 

 

Source:

 

The President´s of Iceland homepage

 

 

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The Snow Dragon bound for North Pole
Shipping News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 24 August 2012 10:40

(Photo: Arctic Portal) Xuelong stationed in Akureyri, Iceland (Photo: Arctic Portal) Xuelong stationed in Akureyri, Iceland

The Chinese research ice – breaker Xuelong, which left Akureyri in the northern part of Iceland, on Monday evening, is now on the way, to be the first non – Russian icebreaker to sail the transpolar route, straight across the top of the globe.

 

Last week, the Snow Dragon completed the Northern Sea Route, reaching Reykjavik, Iceland on Saturday the 17th of August and then after spending the day in Akureyri, started the journey back to Asia.

 

The scientists and the crew on board will try to prove that there is a future possibility of using Central Arctic Shipping Route for international navigation during the summer months.

 

Currently, the vessel is just about to reach the Barents Sea.

 

The M/V Xue Long is an A2-class ice-breaker with capability of breaking ice of 1.1 meters thickness. It was originally built as a cargo ship for Polar Regions by the Kherson Shipyard in Ukraine. After modifications in 1994 it became China's first research ice-breaker. The vessel belongs to the Chinese Arctic and Antarctic research expeditions (CHINARE).

 

The vessel is 167 meters long and 22.6 meters wide. It has a full-loaded draft of 9 meters, a full-loaded displacement of 21,250 tons and a cruising radius of 12,000 nautical miles. Two helicopters can be carried at the same time.

 

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Xuelong to sail through future central route
Shipping News
Thursday, 23 August 2012 08:12

Xuelong in the port of Akureyri (Photo: Hjalti Hreinsson - Arctic Portal) Xuelong in the port of Akureyri (Photo: Hjalti Hreinsson - Arctic Portal)The Chinese icebreaker Xuelong is heading to the North Pole. The CHINARE5, Chinas Fifth National Research Expedition, is aiming for the future central Arctic shipping route on its way back to China.

This historic voyage is hoping to break the ice at the North Pole in an effort to show that it is indeed possible to sail an icebreaker through the route.

The central Arctic shipping route is to many the most feasible route in Arctic shipping, as it is the shortest way through the Arctic.

Xuelong will carry out more research in the Arctic Ocean on its way back to China, after successfully conducting extensive research on route to Iceland in the summer.

The Xuelong sailed the Northern Sea Route, along the coast of Russia, in its journey. It is scheduled to be in Shanghai in the end of September.

 
Recordings from the China-Iceland symposium
Shipping News
Friday, 17 August 2012 16:59

Dr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland, visits Xuelong today with his wife, Dorrit Moussief (Photo: Hjalti - Arctic Portal) - Click to enlarge. Dr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, president of Iceland, visits Xuelong today with his wife, Dorrit Moussief (Photo: Hjalti - Arctic Portal) - Click to enlarge.In relation to Xuelongs visit in Iceland, the second China-Iceland symposium was held this morning. The venue was the University of Iceland were speakers from both countries exchanged views and information.

President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson attended the symposium and held the closing remarks. Amongst other he said the CHINARE5 expedition was of global significance, one who would go into the history books.

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Agenda:

8:30 – Opening by Iceland's Senior Arctic Official, Hjálmar W. Hannesson and the Chinese Ambassador to Iceland, H.E. Su Ge.

8:50 – 9:40 Dr. Huigen Yang, Polar Research Institute in China and Prof. Deyi Ma, Director of the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration 

8:50 – 9:40 Dr. Huigen Yang, Polar Research Institute in China and Prof. Deyi Ma, Director of the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration "An Overview of Chinese Arctic Research".


Dr. Þorsteinn Gunnarsson, the Icelandic Centre for Research.

"Iceland's Arctic Policy and International Research Cooperation".


9:40 – 10:30 Dr. Ruibo Lei, Polar Research Institute of China.

"Interactions among Arctic Atmosphere, Sea Ice and Ocean and their Links to the Climate in China".


Associate professor, Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir, University of Iceland, Science Institute.

"Remote Sensing of Sea Ice, Observations and Measurements during the CHINARE5 Expedition".



From the symposium today (Photo: Hjalti - Arctic Portal) From the symposium today (Photo: Hjalti - Arctic Portal)10:30 – Coffee break


10:50 –11:40 Dr. Yanguang Liu, the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration.

"Reviewing and Proceedings of Marine Geological Survey during the Chinese Arctic Expedition".


Dr. Ármann Höskuldsson, University of Iceland, Institute of Earth Sciences

" Volcanic and tectonic evolution of the Reykjanesridge".


Dr. Jón Eiríksson, University of Iceland, Institute of Earth Sciences.

"Geological Record of Oceanographic Variability at the Arctic Front".


11:40 – 12:30 Dr. Minggang Cai, Xiamen University.

"Fate of Some Persistent Toxic Substances from the Northern Pacific to the Adjacent Arctic".


Dr. Helgi Jensson, the Environment Agency of Iceland.

"Monitoring of Pollutants in the Marine Environment around Iceland".


12:30 – 12:40 Signing Ceremony.


12:40 – 13:00 Closing remarks by the president of Iceland, Dr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson.

 

 
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