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

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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

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Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle

Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle

Scots-born journalist Irene Quaile works as Correspondent for Environment and Climate Change with Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster. She has also worked for German national radio, Radio Netherlands, the BBC and ABC Radio National, Australia. Irene has received several international radio prizes , including a New York International Radio Festivals gold medal and a United Nations gold award for outstanding radio. She has travelled widely to countries including Mongolia, Laos and Tanzania, working on development and environment-related issues. Since 2007 she has been specialising on the Arctic and made trips to the Arctic regions of Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland, making radio and online features on climate change and its impact on ecosystems and people. The Ice Blog was created during a trip to the Alaskan Arctic in 2008. Read Irene Quaile's articles

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