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On thin ice
The ice sheet in northwestern Greenland has been thinning over the past 40 years at an average rate of about 10-15 cm each year. Although this has not yet made an appreciable difference to sea level, it is still a significant trend. Niels Reeh from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) is co-author on the article in Nature. (October 31, 2001)

Tracking Alaska seal migration
Using a combination of hunting knowledge, the application of common sence ingenuity and high-tech satellite tracking, researchers working with Alaska native hunters, have captured, electronically tagged, and tracked a ringed seal in its spring migration as it moved northward with the ice of the Chukchi Sea. It is the first time ever that scientists have tracked a ringed seal in open sea ice. (October 31, 2001)
ScienceDaily or Newswise

Dancing Auroras
For the first time ever scientists have captured Northern and Southern lights dancing at opposite ends of the Earth - on film. The two lights - the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis - appear to be a mirror image of each other. (October 31, 2001)

Contest provides climate data
What began as a wintertime diversion for railroad workers has given scientists an unusual 84-year data set on the timing of river ice breakup. Every spring, the Alaskan village of Nenana hosts an event that awards cash prizes to those lucky enough to guess when the annual ice breakup will occur on the nearby Tanana River. Winners must predict the exact minute that a specially constructed wooden tripod will crash through the icy surface. (October 29, 2001)

5 international professorships
Fondation de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure calls for applications for 5 new international 12 month research professorships 'Blaise Pascal'. The subject areas are biology, geology, environmental- and space research, new technology, humanities and social studies. (October 29, 2001)
'Blaise Pascal'

A touch of Zackenberg
A new issue of the World's perhaps most prestigeous scientific magazine, Nature, is released today. It contains a small article that includes scientific data from Zackenberg - DPC's research station in the northeastern part of Greenland. The article proves that Arctic waders are nor capital breeders. (October 25, 2001)

Sirius - 50 years in Greenland
The Royal Danish Naval Museum in Copenhagen have recently opened an exhibition about the Danish military sledge patrol - Sirius - and its work in Greenland through the last 50 years. A sledgepatrol of two men and eleven dogs can spend up to 14 months patrolling and travel a distance equivalent to a trip from the northernmost part of Denmark to Tunis! The exhibition is open every day from 12pm to 4pm until February 30th, 2002 (Monday closed). (October 24, 2001)
The Royal Danish Naval Museum

Get interactive on the ice
Dive in to the frigid, ice-filled waters of Antarctica and join the latest adventure on the University of Alabama at Birmingham interactive research web-site that chronicles a two-month research expedition. Journal entries and photos are updated regularly, and visitors can participate by sending questions to the team members. (October 24, 2001)
Newswise or UAB

Dancea calls for project proposals
Dancea - Danish Coorporation for Environment in the Arctic - now calls for project proposals for 2002. On Dancea's homepage you can find information, application forms and instructions (in Danish only). Dancea was established in 1994, as part of Denmark's environmental assistance to the Arctic. Dancea is situated ine the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA) within the Danish Ministry of Environment and Energy. (October 22, 2001)

Seafloor core piece in icy puzzle
Sediment cores drilled at the seafloor off the coast of Antarctica show global sea levels rose and fell in a dramatic cycle 34 to 15 million years ago. Research suggests the ocean's went up and down by between 50 and 65 metres, as the main ice sheet on the eastern side of the white continent advanced and retreated in a climate that was 3-4 degrees warmer than today. (October 19, 2001)
Newswise, ScienceDaily or BBC

The polar ice is not melting away!
These are the comforting words from the German polar researcher, professor Jörn Thiede. He has just returned from a four month long scientific expedition to the Arctic on board the ice-breaker 'Polarstern'. It has already been proved that the ice near the North Pole has thinned 20 percent over the last ten years. But neither Thiede nor his collegues have found any evidence that these changes are caused by humans. (October 18, 2001)
Aftenposten.no (in Norwegian only)

Waves suppress ozone hole
New research shows that giant atmospheric waves spawned by land features such as the Himalayas damp the formation of a northern ozone hole and, as a result, Arctic cities remain safe from unwelcome doses of solar ultraviolet radiation. But researchers caution that climate change could change that, pointing to small ozone holes that have formed over the Arctic before - the most recent in 1997. (October 17, 2001)

Ozone hole same size again in 2001
Satellite data from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) showed the hole in the ozone layer over the South Pole peaked this year at roughly the same size as the past three years. The ozone hole stretching over Antarctica peaked at about 15.000 square kilometers - or the size of North America. Shrinking the ozone hole to its pre-1980 size will take at least 50 years, NOAA said. (October 17, 2001)

The story of phytoplankton
The huge populations of Antarctic wildlife owe their existence to tiny oceanic plants called phytoplankton. These miniature, single-celled plants float in the ocean, feeding off sunlight, carbon-dioxide and nutrients in the water. The term 'phytoplankton' covers a whole microbial jungle of organisms - more than 350 different species have been found in the Antarctic seas. Read all about 'the fuel of all marine life'. (October 12, 2001)

UVVU's annual report 2000
UVVU (The Danish Committees on Scientific Dishonesty) have just released their annual report for 2000. The report focuses on questions and topics relevant for UVVU's work: When is it justifiable to release scientific results, The risk taken when accusing collegues of scientific dishonesty and The international development. An English version of the report will be released online mid December. (October 11, 2001)
UVVU's annual report online (in Danish only)

Topographic accuracy from NASA
A NASA mission to study Alaska's unique terrain is providing scientists with their first detailed look at the changing topography of one of Earth's most actice volcano regions. Researchers have created a model which can be used to produce new, accurate geologic maps. (October 10, 2001)
ScienceDaily or NASA

The northernmost island of the World
So far people have thought that the northernmost island of the world was Oodaaq Island, located just north of Greenland. But according to Danish Polar Centers magazine Polarfronten plane observations made by DPC's chief logistican Hauge Andersson and others confirmed, that there is an island even farther north than Oodaaq Island. The exact location is not yet known. Read an exiting article in English written by a participant from the American expedition that first discovered what is now the northernmost island of the world. (October 9, 2001)

Plans for the Antarctic research season
Right now more than 3000 researchers and logistics personnel are invading the American research station at McMurdo Sound in Antarctica. The plans for the upcoming Antarctic research season are many and includes a mapping project, ice analysis from the area surrounding Lake Vostok and GPS network project. (October 8, 2001)
NSF press release or USA Today

Arctic ice-free in 80 years!
According to the British scientist Dr. Peter Wadham who has spent the last 30 years doing research on sea ice the Arctic might well be totally ice-free 80 years from now. He says that during the last 20 years there has been a 40 percent thinning and reduction in the amount of perennial ice in the Arctic. We emphasize that Dr. Wadhams predictions for the future have met a lot of critisism from other researchers. (October 8, 2001)
Aftenposten (in Norwegian only)

Climate data on record
How much will the water levels rise in this century? In three years time it will be possible to seek the answer to this and many other questions on a new Norwegian based home page on climate change - EuroClim.no. European scientists will present the latest in climate research and it will be possible to ask your questions directly to the scientists via e-mail. (October 8, 2001)
EuroClim or Aftenposten (in Norwegian only)

Weather system holds clues to ice puzzle
According to NASA scientists a weather system centered near Iceland can help decipher changes in the Arctic sea ice puzzle. Largely natural 'ups and downs' in the weather system have contributed to regional variations and an overall decrease in Arctic sea ice cover over the last twenty years. (04/10-01)

Lake disappearing into crack in Earth
Icelanders are more or less used to earthquakes and volcanoes - but everyone was surprised when a large lake began to disappear into a long fissure created by one of last summer's earthquakes. According to geologist Amy Clifton from the Nordic Volcanological Institute in Reykjavik you can hear the lake draining if you put your ear to the ground - apparently it sounds like water going down a sink! Read the exiting article on the disappearing lake.

Lakes are cleansing themselves
Scientists say they have proof that the world's biggest fresh water system, the Great Lakes straddling Canada and the United States, are cleansing themselves of pollutants, and they are planning tests to see if the same is true in the Arctic. The research will focus on a group of islands in the Arctic Ocean where animals like seal, walrus and polar bear have high concentrations of pesticides. (October 3, 2001)

New report from IPCC
UN's climate panel IPCC (International Panel of Climate Change) has just released a new report online. The report contains extracts from three different work groups: The scientific work group, a work group on the effects of and adjustments to climate change and a work group on the scientific, technical, environmental, economical and social aspects of climate change. (October 2, 2001)
Download text (pdf) and download figures (pdf)

Presenting ice-maps and weather information
DMI (Danish Meteorological Institute) has developed a new tool for presenting meteorological and oceanographic prognosis and ice-maps. This new tool is especially targeted towards sailing to and from Greenland. It combines different layers of data and presents them in a practical and usable way. (October 2, 2001)
DMI (in Danish only)

Background articles

On phytoplankton from The Guardian

On the northernmost island of the world from dpc.dk

On a lake disappearing into crack in Earth from National Geographic

On holes in the ozone layer above Antarctica from ENN

On Aurora Borealis from Way North On-line

On telescopes and neutrinos from National Post

On the South Pole without sunlight from USA Today


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Updated March 19, 2002