Researchers' Night on Hurtigruten – Environment and Climate Change

Friday 24 September, passengers of all the Hurtigruten vessels will get an introduction to the environment and climate during and after the last ice age. Researcher Dorthe Klitgaard Kristiansen from the Norwegian Polar Institute will participate and give a talk on natural climate change.

Hurtigruten

Photo: Bjørn Fossli Johansen / Norwegian Polar Institute

Klitgaard Kristensen on board the research vessel RV Lance.

Klitgaard Kristensen on board the research vessel RV Lance. Photo: Andoni Canela / Norwegian Polar Institute

  • PLACE: All the Hurtigruten vessels, both south- and northbound
  • TIME: Friday evening, 24 September

Friday night, researcher from the Norwegian Polar Institute, Norwegian Geological Survey (NGU), as well as the universities in Bergen, Tromsø and Ås will go on board the Hurtigruten vessels to tell the passengers a bit about their research. This stunt is a part of European Researchers' Night; an initiative from the European Commission. The initiative's goal is to spread knowledge about European research to the general public. From the Norwegian Polar Institute researcher and paleoceanographer Dorthe Klitgaard Kristensen will participate.

- It will be exciting to speak in front of such an audience in that setting. I hope a lot of people will come and that they will ask plenty of questions about climate after my talk, says Klitgaard Kristensen.

The lecturers are all connected through the IPY project Arctic Natural Climate and Environmental Changes and Human Adaptation: From Science to Public Awareness. The project, shortened to SciencePub, surveys the interconnectedness of land, sea and ice sheets in the Arctic through the last 130 000 years. Meanwhile, the project also aims to learn more about how these changes affected the migration and habitation of the first humans in the region. The project is based on field studies conducted in Northern Norway, Russia, Svalbard and the surrounding oceans.

SciencePub is a cooperation between the Norwegian Geological Survey; the universities of Tromsø, Bergen and Ås; the Norwegian Polar Institute; the science centres of Tromsø, Bergen and Trondheim; the University College of Oslo, Department of Journalism, Libraries and Information; the Science Academies of Petrozavodsk, Moscow and St. Petersburg; and the University of Copenhagen.