When the icebreaker Oden arrived in Longyearbyen on Svalbard on June 14, it also marked the end of this year's Arctic expedition ARTofMELT 2023. In connection with this, H.R.H. the Crown Princess and the Minister for Climate and the Environment, Romina Pourmokhtari, visited Svalbard to meet researchers who participated in the expedition.
On board Oden, the Crown Princess and the Minister for Climate and the Environment, got an insight into the research carried out at ARTofMELT 2023 by talks and discussion with, for example, professor Michael Tjernström at Stockholm University, who was Chief Scientist for the expedition. He talked about the valuable data that could be collected, mainly in understanding the arrival of spring in the Arctic and what affects the melting. Co-Chief Scientist Paul Zieger, Associate professor at Stockholm University, showed various instruments used in the research.
This year's expedition was particularly challenging because the icebreaker Oden started earlier than usual to be on site when the melting season in the Arctic started. This meant the ice conditions were difficult, which captain Mattias Petersson could tell more about. He also talked about Swedish polar research's unique expertise built up after over 30 years of research with the icebreaker Oden.
Climate and environmental researcher Kim Holmén at the Norwegian Polar Institute talked about how the consequences of a warmer Arctic are particularly evident on Svalbard and how it affects nature, animals and living conditions. As he puts it - "the climate knows no boundaries".
The Crown Princess and the Minister for Climate and the Environmet, Romina Pourmokhtari, meets the Secretariat's staff in the port of Longyearbyen before transport to the icebreaker Oden.
Ole Arve Misund, director of the Norwegian Polar Institute and Katarina Gårdfeldt, director of the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat
The Governor of Svalbard, Lars Fause, talks with the Crown Princess and the Minister for Climate and the Environment