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McMurdo prepares for the summer field work
2012 Other
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 10:39

(Photo: Jen Rhemann) McMurdo crew during the winter season (Photo: Jen Rhemann) McMurdo crew during the winter seasonLate August heavy snow storms around McMurdo Station delayed all scheduled flights. Latest news report that finally few days ago, the first flights took place from the station officially closing the winter season.


Summer research season in Antarctica will officially start 1st of October 2012. The crew, to include scientists from various disciplines and support staff will spend next six months working at the jumping point of South Pole Station.


One of the major projects for this year will be to design and construct an additional two-million-gallon fuel tank, which will give the research station the needed capacity to operate for two years without being resupplied by ship. In recent years, resupply missions by vessel have been challenging for various reasons, from the lack of icebreaker support to cut a channel in the sea ice to McMurdo to uncooperative winter weather needed to build an ice pier.


McMurdo station is the US Antarctic research station located on the southern tip of Ross Island. It became the center for scientific and logistical operations during the International Geophysical Year in 1958.


The Antarctic Treaty now signed by close to fifty governments, regulates intergovernmental relations with regards to the region and governs daily operations conducted at McMurdo Station for United States Antarctic Program (U.S.A.P) participants.




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Regional involvement needed in the Arctic Council
2012 Other
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 08:58

(Logo: University of Lapland)Today at the University of Lapland, LL.M Waliul Hasanat publicly defended his doctoral thesis ´´Soft-law Cooperation in International Law: The Arctic Council's Efforts to Address Climate Change´´.


The paper will be a great contribution into the work of the Arctic Council (AC). It states that local and regional governments should be more integrated into the work of the AC. This doctoral work will be essential to find future synergies between all northern cooperation forms.


(Photo: Getty Images)The Arctic Council is a high level intergovernmental forum to provide a means for promoting cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic states, with the involvement of the Arctic indigenous communities (permanent participants) and other Arctic inhabitants on common Arctic issues.


Besides member states and permanent participants, observer status in the Arctic Council is open to non-arctic states, and to inter-governmental, inter-parliamentary and non-governmental organizations.


According to Waliul Hasanat, the local and regional governments should be more integrated into the work of the Arctic Council. In that way, the Arctic Council would be able to better conduct its essential task: to promote the cooperation between the Arctic states, indigenous people and other Arctic inhabitants, in particular issues of sustainable development and environmental protection in the Arctic.


LLM Waliul Hasanat (born in 1969) studied LLB (Honours) and LLM at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh. He has been conducting his doctoral research at the Northern Institute for Environmental and Minority Law (NIEM), Arctic Centre, University of Lapland, Finland since March 2005. Hasanat also held a four year as research student of the Arctic Doctoral Program Arktis. He has been teaching at the University of Rajshahi, Department of Law & Justice, since 1996.


His main research interests include soft law in international law, soft-law cooperation, the Arctic Council, the Barents Euro-Arctic Council, the Barents Regional Council, the Northern Forum, climate change in the Arctic, environmental protection, regional climate policy, changes in the Circumpolar North, and the protection of minorities.





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Live picture of Greenland´s environment
2012 Climate
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 03 September 2012 09:24

(Picture: National Snow and Ice Data Center) The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)Sea ice extent, 02.09.2012 is creating a resource, called Services for Analysis of the Greenland Environment (SAGE), to help scientists access, integrate and analyze data related to the history and status of Greenland's ice sheet.


With the current melt of Greenlandic ice cap, reaching record low at the end of August, NSIDC provides the access to daily updated satellite images from northern hemisphere.


The goal of SAGE project is to create multi-faceted web services for access, browse, online analysis and delivery of data sets important for understanding the processes that control the mass balance of Greenland´s ice sheet.


SAGE incorporates many of NSIDC's existing sub setting, gridding, projection, and visualization tools into modular services, invoked through a web hosted geo spatial data management system.


The data sets currently available through SAGE include microwave Brightness Temperatures from SSM/I and AMSRE, AVHRR Polar Pathfinder products, and surface melt from SSM/I. The long term plan is to add data sets from MODIS, QuikSCAT, CERES, GLAS, ATM and meteorological data from GC-Net automatic weather stations.


To view the data, please visit the SAGE website.





PhD training course “Security in a changing world”
2012 Other
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 31 August 2012 08:54

(Logo: University of the Arctic)(Logo: University of the Arctic)

November 12 – 14, 2012, Oulu, Finland (University of Oulu, Linnanmaa campus)

Top level Research Institute ´´Norden´´, Thule Institute and University of the Arctic are pleased to announce the next PhD training course ´´Security in a changing world´´.

(Photo: Emilly Fredlund) Learning indigenous ways of life.(Photo: Emilly Fredlund) Learning indigenous ways of life.The course will be held in the conjunction of Kastelli Symposium in November 12 -16, 2012 at the University of Oulu, Finland.


The course will cover the different levels of securities with respect to health and well being of individuals and communities in the circumpolar area. The course is funded by NordForsk Top-level Research Initiative "Effect studies and adaptation to climate change" as the fifth course organized by the Nordic Network "People and Ecosystems in a changing environment". The participation for the whole week will give PhD students certificates for gaining credits in their home organizations.


Nordic PhD students are asked to apply for free participation including the travel grant, free admission and free accommodation when submitting the registration form. Course includes student presentations and assignments which will be informed in website.


To find out more and register for the course, please visit the organizer´s website.




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3D reconstruction model of Akureyri town now released!
2012 Other
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 15:00

(Photo: Arnar Ólafsson & Brynjar Óttarsson) The 3D model presenting Akureyri in 1862 (Photo: Arnar Ólafsson & Brinjar Óttarsson) The 3D model presenting Akureyri in 1862Yesterday, the town of Akureyri celebrated its 150th birthday. On this occasion Arnar Birgir Ólafsson and Brynjar Karl Óttarsson prepared the 3D reconstruction model of the town.


The model will be presented today at 16.00 in Akureyri Municipal Library by Brynjar and Arnar, the employee of Teikn which is a multi-dimensional, design and planning, consulting company.


Arnar and Brynjar have spent over 500 hours preparing the reconstruction which shows the town of Akureyri exactly how it was in August 1862. The project has been supported by the Town of Akureyri and the Akureyri Municipal Library.


The maquette presents the town in details, including all the houses and people who lived in them. Next step is to prepare a small documentary about the project and multimedia presentation which could be reached to bigger audience.


Today at 16.00 in Akureyri Municipal Library  the 3D model will be donated to the town by its authors as a contribution to historical heritage of the city. It will be available for library visitors during its opening hours.




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