In the Field

The Idea of North and His Dark Materials

Posted on 21 December 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Ingrid Medby Far-away, forbidding, dangerous, and yet strangely alluring and beautiful: The Arctic has for centuries inspired southern imaginations. From medieval tales of monsters and magic, to Poe’s gothic horror, the idea of North is and has been a rich source for storytellers across time. And this autumn, the North has once again been
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Narrating the Poles

Posted on 6 November 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Henry Páll Wulff, Chris Marquardt & Mario Acquarone Curiously Polar is a weekly podcast about all things very north and very south. It wasinitially kicked off by professional photographer, author and podcast veteran Chris Marquardt and marine biologist Mario Acquarone after spending time together on a ship around Svalbard. Initially, the show’s main focus was
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The Arctic Circle expansion

Posted on 11 October 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Beate Steinveg Since its establishment in 2013, with the purpose of including all interested stakeholders in the dialogue on the future of the Arctic, the Arctic Circle’s outreach and scope has grown impressively. More than 2000 participants from 60 different countries attend the 2019 Assembly. The Arctic Circle organization also continues its global expansion
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Exploring Arctic Connections

Posted on 25 September 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Luke and Hazel Robertson A journey millennia old – deeply rooted in nature and connected with the natural cycles of the seasons. Far above the Arctic Circle, anticipation is building. Struggling to be heard above the sound of rumbling snowmobiles and clanging bells, human voices deliver sharp instructions to one another. During a lunch
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Black carbon is not cool

Posted on 4 September 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Carol Devine Last minute in the late summer of 2017, I joined an all-female sailing expedition to circumnavigate Scotland called eXXpedition, with the two Xs to indicate the female related to our goal to look at toxins including endocrine disruptors in our global environment that can cause disease, as well as to explore the
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Ny-Ålesund and the ascent of science on Svalbard

Posted on 1 February 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Eric Paglia. Svalbard is currently undergoing a significant socio-economic transition, with coalmining—once the primary economic activity and raison d’être for all Svalbard settlements—in rapid decline. Mining proved unprofitable for much of the coal era, while blackening Norway’s claims of enlightened stewardship of the Svalbard environment and damaging its international image as a country of
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The winding road of Arctic reality television

Posted on 28 January 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Derek Moscato. Canada’s 137 km Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk Highway—built atop permafrost and traversing a polar landscape dotted with thousands of lakes and streams—just recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. In the years leading up to its construction, Canadians debated the merits of bridging the Arctic coastline to the rest of the country. Former Canadian Prime
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Arctic on Fire

Posted on 18 January 2019 by Charlotte Gehrke

By Edward Struzik.          In August 2017, a series of wildfires smouldered on the tundra near the town of Kangerlussuaq in Greenland. The biggest of these fires burned 3,000 acres. It was small by most wildfire standards, but enormous and unheard-of on a frigid island that is mostly covered by ice. The following summer, the normally
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