11th Arctic Floating University Expedition Has Started

11th Arctic Floating University Expedition Has Started

Researchers from 11 countries have set out to explore the Svalbard archipelago.

This year’s expedition gathered onboard the research vessel 58 undergraduates, PhD students and researchers from Russia, China, South Korea, France, Switzerland, Norway, Great Britain, Germany, Romania, Turkmenistan and Kyrgyzstan. The official send-off ceremony was attended by NArFU administration and faculty members, representatives of local and regional authorities, the Russian Geographical Society.

Arctic Floating University-2019 is aimed at investigating the biodiversity of the Svalbard archipelago. The researchers intend to perform a series of marine operations including hydrological ones, continue the study of microplastics in the ocean and the transformation of the warm Atlantic waters. The team plans to explore the marine and coastal biodiversity of the territories, the historical landscapes and human heritage of the archipelago’s inhabitants.

The expedition members will visit the Russian Research Centre in Barentsburg, the University Centre in Svalbard and several international research stations in Ny-Ålesund.

The Arctic Floating University expedition is a joint project of NArFU, ROSHYDROMET and the Russian Geographical Society. Since its launch in 2012 the project has featured 500 participants form many countries.

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