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Recordings from the China-Iceland symposium
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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.

Click on the names to watch the presentations.

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.

 

 
Towards the North - Xuelong to reach Akureyri on Monday the 20th
Shipping News
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Friday, 17 August 2012 13:55

(Photo: Arctic Portal) Xuelong in numbers (Photo: Arctic Portal) Xuelong in numbersOn Monday, 20th of August 2012, the Snow Dragon, research ice – breaker from Polar Research Institute of China, is expected to anchorage in Akureyri in the northern part of Iceland.

 

The venue will open for participants at 9.00 (Icelandic local time) with the speech given by the Chairman of Akureyri Town Council Geir Kristinn Aðalsteinsson and the Chinese Ambassador to Iceland - Su Ge.

 

Recently, China has achieved dimensional developments of Arctic linkage, especially in understanding of the earth system and global climate change. To raise public and governmental awareness and interests Dr. Huigen Yang and Prof. Deyi Ma will give a presentation on "Chinese Polar Research and CHINARE 5" to highlight the main features of Chinese contribution to the Arctic science and promote international cooperation with regards to science and technology of polar research activities.

 

The Icelandic Chinese science cooperation will be further discussed under the chairmanship of Dr. Thorsteinn Gunnarsson from Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS).

 

China makes big efforts to understand Arctic environmental changes and nature´s evolution, therefore conjugate observation of dayside aurora and new Icelandic – Chinese Joint Aurora Observatory project will be presented and explained by Dr. Hu and Dr. Björnsson to encourage the exploration of unknown frontiers in the deep universe.

 

(Photo: Getty Images) The Snow Dragon on the way to Iceland (Photo: Getty Images) The Snow Dragon on the way to IcelandNew perspectives on Arctic shipping cooperation will be given by Mr. Egill Nielsson and Prof. Zhang Xia from Polar Research Institute of China jointly with Ms. Embla Oddsdottir from Stefansson Arctic Institute who will introduce the harmonious culture of sustainable Arctic Shipping.

 

The rector of the University of Akureyri – Dr. Stefán B. Sigurðsson will be given his closing remarks before whole group will participate the working lunch hosted by the Town of Akureyri.

 

The Xuelong will be open for external visitors on Monday, 20th of August from 12.00 – 16.00 p.m. Introduction to the open day will be conducted by the mayor of Akureyri and Chinese ambassador. The visitors will get a chance to meet the staff from Akureyri town council, University of Akureyri, Stefansson Arctic Institute, Arctic Portal and Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network.

 

CHINARE 5 will leave northern Iceland on Monday´s evening, turning its rudder towards Shanghai.

 

Please, see the full schedule of Chinare5 Open Day.

 

 

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The Snow Dragon to be welcomed in Reykjavik during the Culture Night
2012 Shipping
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 16 August 2012 11:35

The Snow Dragon (Photo: Arctic Portal) The Snow Dragon With the midnight sun which still illuminates the city for almost 24h, people from all over the world fill the streets of Reykjavik to celebrate Icelandic unique culture.

 

Both, young and old, children and adults participate in many and various cultural events in the capital city of Iceland.

 

The Reykjavik Culture Night is an annual event which has been organized in the city since 1996. With almost 20 years of a tradition, it has greatly become an essential part of Icelandic cultural life.

 

Every year, the organizers offer broad spectrum of activities, ranging from guided tours, traditional shows and exhibitions, musical and poetry performances to more unusual happenings.

 

Most of cultural institutes in and around the city remain open from early Saturday morning until Sunday´s mid day. Those are to include museums, galleries, ateliers, churches, coffee houses and restaurants.

 

(Photo: Egill Nielsson) The Snow Dragon´s departure from China (Photo: Egill Nielsson) The Snow Dragon´s departure from ChinaAdditionally, artists from all over Iceland come to Reykjavik during this night to perform with the specially chosen, unique program.

 

This year´s event, for the first time will mark the opening of the Reykjavik Festival Season 2012 – 2013. The samples of next year´s festival program will be reviled during the cultural night. Additionally, late Saturday night, the annual Reykjavik Jazz Festival will be the first to start.

 

However, this year´s Reykjavik Culture Night is significantly important for the Arctic science. The research icebreaker from the Polar Research Institute of China will arrive to the port of Reykjavik today´s afternoon to take part in the annual event.

 

The arriving ceremony and press briefing on board Xuelong – the Snow Dragon will take place as soon as the vessel anchorage in the harbor. It will be open for external visitors on Saturday, 18th of August, from 11.00 – 16.00. The same day, around 20.00 the vessel will leave the Icelandic capital city to sail north to Akureyri, where it stays for one day, Monday, the 20th of August.

 

Please, be referred to the detailed schedule of the Reykjavik Culture Night 2012.

 

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First Chinese scientific investigation in Iceland
2012 Shipping
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 11:18

(Picture: Chinare5) CHINARE 5 research stations around Iceland (Picture: Chinare5) CHINARE 5 research stations around IcelandOn the 12th of August the Chinese research icebreaker started its scientific investigations in the North Atlantic Ocean.

 

The research will cover 4 separate investigation stations and is be based on cooperation between CHINARE and Icelandic scientists in the University of Iceland.

 

The research investigations are to include: comparison of climate changes in North Atlantic and China in different geological time scales and resolution, ocean environment comparison between the Arctic Pacific sector and Atlantic sector and lithological and geochemical studies of the mid ocean ridge in Icelandic water territory.

 

 

 

(Picture: Chinare5) Iceland has an important location when trying to understand climate change through the ocean conveyor belt (Picture: Chinare5) Iceland has an important location when trying to understand climate change through the ocean conveyor belt

The cooperation will significantly enhance the cooperation between Chinese and Icelandic scientists on polar and marine sciences.

 

The Snow Dragon will anchorage in the port of Reykjavik 17th of August, than sail to Akureyri in the North part of Iceland.

 

In both locations, the research ice breaker will be open for external visitors to acknowledge the most important features with regards to Icelandic – Chinese Arctic co operation strategies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fast reduction of the Arctic ice cap
2012 Climate
Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Monday, 13 August 2012 13:00

(Picture: National Snow & Ice Data Center) (Picture: National Snow & Ice Data Center) The Arctic ice extent, August 2012

Scientists confirm that the Arctic sea ice extent, which has been continuously declining since June 2012, continues this pattern.

 

It was noted that on August 1st, the Arctic ice reached below levels recorded for the same date in 2007 which was, so far, the year with the minimum ice extent in September.

 

Low ice concentrations are mostly present over the area of the western Arctic Ocean and surrounding land masses.

 

The pattern of melting Arctic ice has been continuously repeating since June 2012. In July 2012, almost the entire Greenlandic ice sheet experienced the melt of its surface.

 

Arctic sea ice extent measured in July this year, reached average of 7.94 million square kilometers. Comparing to general average, calculated for the years 1979 to 2000, this year, the Arctic ice sheet decreased about 2.12 million square kilometers below this average.

 

During July, the Arctic Ocean, including the land masses, lost a total of 2.97 million square kilometers of frozen water.

 

Research stations from all over the world alarmed that if the pattern continues, the glob will experience dramatic raise of the ocean levels.

 

As throughout the summer, the low ice extent for the Arctic as a whole is primarily due to extensive open water on the Atlantic side of the Arctic (Kara, Laptev and East Siberian seas) and the Beaufort Sea.

 

(Graph: National Snow & Ice Data Center) (Graph: National Snow & Ice Data Center) Arctic Sea Ice Extent for area of ocea with at least 15% of sea iceMeasurements show that by August 1, open water in the Laptev Sea, along the Siberian coast, had reached nearly 80oN latitude. Ice extent remains near average in the Chukchi Sea, and ice continues to block sections of the both the Northern Sea Route and the Northwest Passage.

 

The ice extent recorded for August 1 of 6.53 million square kilometers (2.52 million square kilometers) is the lowest in the satellite record. The previous record for the same date was set in 2007 at 6.64 million square kilometers (2.56 million square miles), when the current record low September ice extent was set.

 

The latest data, published by National Snow & Ice Data Center, working under the auspices of University of Colorado, inform that the Arctic ice cover is still decreasing.

 

Although it is important to acknowledge that such a process is natural and periodic and it has been occurring long before the possibility of satellite measurements were even invented, current changes are more serious and drastic that they have ever been before.

 

Arctic temperatures have risen more than twice as fast as the global average over the past half century.

 

 
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