Here in Oulu at the TA Offices it’s more about working indoors at the office, but nevertheless the summer is all around us as well once stepping outside. It’s been a rather cold and rainy summer so far, but at least this makes everything very lush and green as you can see from the snapshots in this post.
When things slow down during the summer holiday season, in Arctic research things are just speeding up and you can join the action from the comfort of your own home or where ever you happen to be by following the Arctic Research Blogs! We are proud to host altogether eight blogs this summer representing a range of scientific disciplines and blogging from all over the arctic. Six of the blogs have already started with support from INTERACT Trans-national Access. Here I wanted to highlight each of them in action! You can also meet our bloggers by visiting the About INTERACT bloggers.
First of the blogs, Faroe Islands – water, wind and weather by Cat Moody, is about the composition of organic matter in surface waters, and the degradability of such organic matter with the potential for greenhouse gas emissions from water. Spectacular views, waterfalls and the ever present strong wind of the Faroes add to the strong science content of the blog!
Rúna Magnússon is sharing glimpses of her field work on vegetation-permafrost interactions in the blog Arctic Greening or Arctic Drowning?, which takes place at the remote and exotic Chokurdakh Tundra Research Station in Russia.
A team of three scientists, Adrian Dye, Francesca Falcini and Joe Mallalieu, is conducting field work on glaciology at the Tarfala Research Station in northern Sweden. You can join their research at this unique station in the blog Cold Ice in a Warm Bath.
Andrea Pain, Ellen Martin and Jonathan Martin, are escaping the warmth of Florida to the Kobbefjord Field Station of the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Greenland to study how deglaciation impacts the fluxes of water and solutes to the ocean. Follow their adventures at GrAINFluxes: Greenlandic Atmospheric, Isotopic, and Nutrient Fluxes .
In the blog OMI-perm: Organo-Mineral Interactions from permafrost disturbance to sediment sink, a group of three researchers, Lisa Bröder, Julen Fouché and Catherine Hirst share their journey to the remote Zackenberg Research Station in Greenland to study the role and evolution of organo-mineral interactions in preventing permafrost organic matter decomposition.
The last but not least, the following blog will for sure not leave you cold even it happens as north as you can possibly go! Some Like it Hot takes you to the Polish Polar Station in Hornsund, where Jan Kavan and his team set up runoff measurements to compare the runoff from glaciated and unglaciated catchments and establish the relation between runoff, atmospheric forcings and glacier ablation. The cool science stuff is accompanied with spectacular photos and entertaining stories that will for sure win you over to fall in love with Svalbard!
Join the adventure by staying tuned with the INTERACT Arctic Research blogs, and do not forget to follow our Instagram account @EU_INTERACT to find other awesome pics captures by our TA users and stations in the INTERACT network.
Until the next time,