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Big ideas in Faroe Islands
Energy News
Wednesday, 13 June 2012 10:58

Faroe Islands (Photo: Magdalena - Arctic Portal)Faroe Islands (Photo: Magdalena - Arctic Portal)The Faroe Islands are certainly small, but their force is growing. They have big ideas for the future, contrasting the few number of 50.000 inhabitants, both regarding oil and shipping.

Next week a Chinese delegation will visit the islands with the view of cooperation regarding a large hub-port. Minister Johan Dahl confirmed this and says that they will also speak about the potential oil and gas exploring in their EEZ.

"I want to talk to them about a potential hub-port," Dahl confirmed. Iceland has also looked at the possibility of a hub-port and other locations are also under consideration for Arctic shipping.

Next week the drill Cosl Pioneer will make shore in the Faroes. He will drill down to 5km, the deepest ever in the history of the islands.

Oil companies have explored the area and remain hopeful that the black gold can make the Faroese nation one of the wealthiest ones in the world. At least per capital.

Three companies are behind the project, Statoil has 50% of the rights, ExxonMobil from the USA has 49% and Atlantic Petrolium from the Faroes has 1%.

The area is called Brugdan 2 and south-west of the Faroe Islands.





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Arctic Portal confirmed member of UArctic
Other News
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 14:38

 Arctic Portal has been formally accepted as a member of the University of the Arctic. This was confirmed today at the 15th UArctic Council meeting in Tromsö, Norway.

Arctic Portal is proud to receive this honor, joining several established institutions and universities all over the world in the prestige UArctic member list.

UArctic and Arctic Portal have worked together on numerous issues for a long time and it is warmly welcomed to strengthen our bond even further.

UArctic is "a cooperative network of universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. Our members share resources,facilities, and expertise to build post-secondary education programs that are relevant and accessible to northern students. Our overall goal is to create a strong, sustainable circumpolar region by empowering northerners and northern communities through education and shared knowledge."


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Hot water surrounded by ice
Climate Change News
Monday, 11 June 2012 09:25

Hot water surrounded by ice. (Photo: Morgunblaðið)How water surrounded by ice. (Photo: Morgunblaðið)Great melt will occur this year in Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull in Iceland. This is the result of an expedition by Icelandic scientist recently.

Magnús Túmi Guðmundsson, professor in geography at the University of Iceland, says that the western part of the glacier will melt rapidly. This is due to the volcanic activity in Grímsvötn last year.

Elevation of land near the glacier was also measured a total of 3cm per year because of the glacier shrinking.

The consequences are for example raised levels in glacier lagoons and glacier rivers.

A lagoon which formed after the eruption was researched, which includes a river which was measured 45°Celcius. The lagoon is therefore hot. A few hundred meters was at 25-40° Celsius. Like average bathwater to some.

"The eastern part of the lagoon is also pretty hot, considering it is surrounded by icebergs.

Magnús also notes that ash will continue to blow this summer, especially during the dry season. "People in Reykjavík can often still see ash on their cars, that's ash form Eyjafjallajökull and Grímsvötn. This will take years to stop."






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Arctic Portal launches mobile site
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Friday, 08 June 2012 07:52

 Arctic Portal has launched a mobile version of our website. Visitors will be automatically transferred to the site if using a mobile device.


A screenshot of the site can be seen here on the right.


The site contains all the latest news directly from the Arctic Portal website. Therefore one can follow that latest Arctic-related news stories where ever in the world.


All the latest publications from our website are also on the mobile version. If you are on the move, you can follow the latest publications dropped in our library.


Finally you can follow the latest events, conferences, meetings, seminars, everything in our Events calendar.


You can also read about the Arctic Portal and contact us in a simple way.

May ice edge below average
Climate Change News
Thursday, 07 June 2012 14:11

Sea ice extent in May 2012, compared to the median ice edge from 1979 to 2000. (Photo: NSIDC)Sea ice extent in May 2012, compared to the median ice edge from 1979 to 2000. (Photo: NSIDC)The Arctic sea ice melting season is in full force and the ice edge in May was below average. The ice edge reached near average in late April but the melt happened rapidly in May.

The Arctic Ocean was fully frozen in May as can be seen on the picture on the right, from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

The Arctic sea ice extent for May 2012 averaged 13.13 million square kilometers (5.07 million square miles). This was 480,000 square kilometers (185,000 square miles) below the 1979 to 2000 average extent.

Ice cover remained extensive in the Bering Sea, continuing the pattern observed this past winter and spring. The anomalously heavy ice conditions were countered by unusually low extents in the Barents and Kara Seas, resulting in Arctic-wide ice conditions that remained below normal. By the end of the month, open water areas had begun to form along some parts of Arctic Ocean coast.

For May, the Arctic as a whole lost 1.62 million square kilometers (625,000 square miles) of ice, which was 180,000 square kilometers (69,500 square miles) more than the 1979 to 2000 average.

Air temperatures for May were higher than usual over the central Arctic Ocean and the Canadian Archipelago. Over the Bering Sea, Hudson Bay, and parts of the East Greenland and Norwegian seas, temperatures were slightly below average.






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