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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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Successful journey of the Snow Dragon continues
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Written by Magdalena Tomasik   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 09:11

the-snow-dragon1 (Photo: Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir) The journey of the icebreaker Xue Long from Iceland to China, via the Arctic Ocean, has been successful so far. With the decreasing sea ice extent, the research ice-breaker has been able to sail through the Central Arctic Shipping Route without a support from nuclear powered vessel.


Due to such an ice conditions, the research ice-breaker was able to operate via Fram Strait and carry on a high Arctic region to the east.


Arctic sea ice extent fell to 4.10 million square kilometers on August 26, 2012. This was 70,000 square kilometers below the September 18, 2007 daily extent of 4.17 million square kilometers.



geological-research1 (Photo: Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir) Geological research: Gravity core launched in the Iceland Sea.Oceanographic, biological, geological and geophysical research was carried out in the Iceland Sea and Greenland Sea on the route north and meteorological observations are maintained throughout the expedition.


Various satellite images are received for navigation through the sea ice.


Benthic samples, from the shore lines of Icelandic waters were taken in order to prove benthos great increase in region that extends away from the land mass.


Benthic sampling techniques are essential to habitat mapping studies since they provide the 'truth' data on the actual composition of the seafloor. When they are commonly used in conjunction with either a remote sensing or an acoustic technique, they are said to 'ground truth' seafloor classifications.


benthic-sample1 (Photo: Ingibjörg Jonssdóttir) Benthic sample from the Iceland Sea.If samples are collected in high enough densities over survey areas they can be used to establish distributions and define habitats.


Biological and geological/physical samples taken by the Geological Team from the Xue Long are to be taken separately from different grabs.


Sailing out from Iceland, the Snow Dragon reached the region east of Jan Mayen, where in the good weather it was possible to see the Beerenberg volcano.


It is the world's northernmost sub aerial active volcano. The volcano is topped by a mostly ice-filled crater about 1 km (0.6 mi) wide, with numerous peaks along its rim including the highest summit, Haakon VII Toppen, on its western side.


The upper slopes of the volcano were observed to be largely ice-covered, with several major glaciers including five which reach the sea.


beerenberg1 (Photo: Ingibjörg Jonssdóttir) Beerenberg volcano.

No scientific research was conducted by teams, nevertheless the elevation was difficult to be missed.


Currently the vessel is heading up North, aiming to cross the North Pole. The ice conditions were reported as being almost 3 meters thick. The Snow Dragon is partly being followed by the Norwegian coast guard.


Please, see the route of the Chinese research ice breaker on Interactive Mapping System.











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