Ice-Blog: German research station celebrates birthday in Arctic Norway

DW-banner25 years ago, Germany set up its own Arctic research station in the tiny settlement of Ny Alesund, in the Svalbard archipelago.

Today, 11 countries run research stations there. Arctic research is a very international operation, and countries share the facilities available in Ny Alesund, one of the northernmost settlements in the world.

Iceblogger interviews a scientist outside Germany’s Koldewey Station, back in 2007. (Irene Quaile/Deutsche Welle)
Iceblogger interviews a scientist outside Germany’s Koldewey Station, back in 2007. (Irene Quaile/Deutsche Welle)

Germany and French now run a joint station, known as the AWIPEV station, after the polar institutes of the two countries. The rest is in this picture gallery, which I put together  to mark the station’s “silver jubilee”.

It combines pictures from several visits I made to the station in recent years and some background about what happens up there in the “high north”.

SLIDESHOW:

25 years of German research in the Arctic

View from Mount Zeppelin over the Kongsfjord, Svalbard, above Ny Alesund research village. (Irene Quaile/Deutsche Welle)
View from Mount Zeppelin over the Kongsfjord, Svalbard, above Ny Alesund research village. (Irene Quaile/Deutsche Welle)

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Greenland: New model predicts flow of Greenland’s glaciers, Alaska Dispatch News

Norway: New Arctic industry research program in Fram Centre underway, Barents News

Russia:  Russia establishes new Arctic research centre in Archangelsk, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: Canada & Sweden cooperate on Arctic science, Eye on the Arctic

United States: NASA projects tracking changes in Alaska’s glaciers and Arctic atmosphere, Alaska Dispatch News

Irene Quaile

Irene Quaile

Scots-born journalist Irene Quaile has been specialising on the Arctic since 2007, when she made her first visit to Svalbard as part of an international media project for the International Polar Year and found herself “hooked” on the icy north. As environment and climate change correspondent for Germany’s international broadcaster until November 2019, she has travelled to the Arctic regions of Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland, making radio and online features on climate change and its impact on ecosystems and people, and on the inter-links between the Arctic and the global climate. Irene has received several international awards, including environment gold awards from the New York International Radio Festivals and the United Nations. During a trip to the Alaskan Arctic in 2008, she created The Ice Blog. Read Irene Quaile's articles

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