– Is there internet there?
the Question comes from one of the 150 niendeklassinger from Sommerlyst school who have linked up to the lecture.
This day would they really been gathered to the Polar day of school at the Norwegian polar institute in Tromsø.
Now they get a instead a lesson over the internet, about what exists and does not exist, when you travel Svalbard around with the world’s most advanced forskningsskip.
For through easter competing all niendeklassingene in Tromsø about a summer job that many probably would have paid for to have.
Summer is a feast for at the lush wildlife of Svalbard. It is bright around the clock, but young people must still have warm clothes.
Photo: Patrick da Silva Saether / Patrick da Silva Saether Whirlpool of plastic?
Two 15-16 year olds this summer working on the line with experienced polarforskere. As research assistants they will travel to Svalbard around 16 days. It is not wifi, and they will also not get salaries. But they will get their own cabin, work, and experiences few can write on their RESUME.
Geir Wing Gabrielsen at the Norwegian polar institute.
How plastforurensing affects the fish, to the two who “wins” the jobs help to find out.
– On the trip we shall examine plastpåvirkning from 2013 and until today. Affected the fisheries? It can form a whirlpool of plastic in the ocean? We’ll find out now, ” says Geir Wing Gabrielsen at the Norwegian polar institute.
21. June they will be on board and see Longyearbyen and civilization disappear. When are they going to sail northwards, and then eastwards, to retrieve samples they need. They are to the plant the legs on the sea ice and observe and count whales, seals, birds and polar bears.
the Route is roughly the same as in the Svalbard minute – for – minute, and they are almost guaranteed to see polar bears.
Hvalrosskoloni on Svalbard during the summer.
Photo: Tor Ivan Karlsen / Norwegian polar institute An important contribution to the
It is with good reason that it is all niendeklassingene in Tromsø who have the opportunity. Traditionally the former polar expeditions starting from and returned to Tromsø, ” says Geir Wing Gabrielsen.
He is head of the research department that looks at how environmental toxins affect the nordliste places in the world. Summer plasttokt will start out from Tromsø or Longyearbyen, if koronaviruset not prevent the expedition, before returning to Longyearbyen.
The experienced researcher describes some of the things they can get experience on the way.
polar Bears, walruses, bearded seals, ringed seals. Brünnich’s guillemot, and minke whales. And if we’re lucky, the blue whale. It is the best time of year to see many species and great nature experiences, ” he says.
On board the ship there will be 25 scientists and crew, in addition to the two skoleelevene.
It is a demanding work, but it is important.
The new and top modern an ice-enforced the research vessel Kronprins Haakon has several common rooms, fine sovekupeer, TV lounge, fitness room and hot tub.
Photo: Alexander Eeg Closely on climate change
the Plastic in the ocean is a growing global problem, and scientists do not know enough about how plastic affect animals or people, ” says Wing Gabrielsen.
During the lecture he describes what job they will contribute to.
– You will have the job most of the day. Take out try and grab things that we need. Stand to observe the different species and animals and to sort the organisms that we pick up from the sea. We are going to analyze plankton and algae to find out if they have plastic in them.
the Ship also has a laboratory and equipment that researchers use in their work to resolve puzzles related to the climate and pollutants.
And after the end of each day on the ice, it is possible to take a whirlpool bath on board. Forskningsskipet is equipped to be long on board. Then one must thrive.
But to come so far, have students explain a topic they believe is important to do research on. In the spring of will a jury decide who gets the “world’s coolest summer job”, writes the Norwegian polar research institute in jobbannonsen.
the Youngsters will get hands-on climate change. They get to assist researchers when they are working and get a unique insight into the issues associated with climate change and plastic in the ocean. Maybe they are so inspired that they choose polar research as a career later in life, ” says director of communications, Anja Salo.