Bye, Ny-Ålesund!

By: Online team WUR · 12 July 2016
Category: Svalbard

– By: Isolde Puts – The polar days in Ny-Ålesund passed by very fast. The focus during the last few days were on finishing the experiments, cleaning up in the labs, and storing our research equipment. And now we’re back home. Midsummer celebration at Ny-Ålesund Luckily I could celebrate the ending…

Life at research station Ny-Ålesund

By: Online team WUR · 8 July 2016
Category: Svalbard

– By: Tinka Murk – Socks with holes Life at research station Ny-Ålesund differs a lot from life in the Netherlands. I feel at home quite easily. Not only because everybody here speaks Norwegian to me (I guess I look quite Norwegian), but also because life is quite easy going…

First flight!

By: Online team WUR · 4 July 2016
Category: Aerial survey cetaceans

– By: Steve Geelhoed – Flight weather Five days ago aerial team III gathered in Inverness, Scotland. Leo, the pilot, flew in from Liverpool, Linn from Berlin via Amsterdam where she met Steve. Marie (see picture) came from Svalbard via Oslo and London. Typical Scottish weather welcomed us. Thus providing…

Kick-off for SCANS-III aerial survey

By: Online team WUR · 3 July 2016
Category: Aerial survey cetaceans

– By Meike Scheidat, aerial survey co-ordinator – The aerial survey component of the SCANS-III survey officially started on 27 June! A lot of people have worked towards this moment and the last weeks and months were filled with intense preparations. Getting equipment ready, finalizing transect lines & protocols, designating…

VIP: important visitors at the research station

By: Online team WUR · 1 July 2016
Category: Svalbard

– By: Martine van den Heuvel-Greve – VIP guests The research station of Ny-Ålesund is a popular place for visiting VIP s. Recently Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and our minister of Foreign Affairs, Bert Koenders, visited Ny-Ålesund. The place is popular because many nations have their own…

How toxic is oil at sea in the Arctic?

By: Online team WUR · 28 June 2016
Category: Svalbard

– By: Martine van den Heuvel-Greve – Resembling an oil spill We use small crustaceans to test their sensitivity to oil, when dissolved in water, resembling an oil spill at sea. We conducted similar tests in the Netherlands with related Dutch species. The results will tell us whether the tests…

Lab work in Ny-Ålesund

By: Online team WUR · 25 June 2016
Category: Svalbard

– By: Isolde Puts – Lab with a view Making long nights in the lab under the nordic midnight sun is not as hard as it sounds. While monitoring our test every half hour throughout the night, we have a view over the harbour area and Kongsfjorden. A group of…

Fieldwork between floating glacier ice

By: Online team WUR · 22 June 2016
Category: Svalbard

– By: Isolde Puts – Fieldwork; sampling water and dirt On a small research vessel, Teisten, we went out to sample algae and sediments. Surrounded by several sea-glaciers it is a pretty sight floating amidst many icebergs. Puffins are floating on the fjord on our way to the sampling station….