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Norway monarch in Antarctica. 12th February 2015 will mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Norwegian research station Troll in Queen Maud Land. HRH King Harald V, Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft, and Minister of Justice Anders Anundsen are attending the event at the station in Antarctica. When HRH Queen Sonja opened the upgraded Troll station a decade ago, the main focus was on how the station would contribute to increased knowledge about climate.

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Norway monarch in Antarctica

Published on Wednesday, 11th February, 2015 at 14:00 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.
Last Updated on 11th February 2015 at 14:21.

12th February 2015 will mark the tenth anniversary of the opening of the Norwegian research station Troll in Queen Maud Land.

Troll research station, Antarctica
Troll research station, Antarctica
Photo: Stein Tronstad/Norwegian Polar Institute


HRH King Harald V, Minister of Climate and Environment Tine Sundtoft, and Minister of Justice Anders Anundsen are attending the event at the station in Antarctica.

When HRH Queen Sonja opened the upgraded Troll station a decade ago, the main focus was on how the station would contribute to increased knowledge about climate.

HRH King Harald and the two ministers will begin the 10th anniversary with a thorough introduction to Norwegian research activities in Antarctica and climate and environmental challenges faced on this continent.

The area is protected under legislation. The Antarctic Treaty and Environmental Protocol designate Antarctica as an area devoted to peace and science.

Parties involved there have committed themselves to just using Antarctica for peaceful purposes, and to protect the environment and ecosystems in the Treaty area.

“Good knowledge and international cooperation are the keys to preserving the unique environment and fulfil the objectives of the Antarctic Treaty,” says Minister Tina Sundtoft.

Norway, together with 49 other countries signed the treaty and assumed these obligations. It was on the basis of this recognition that the decision was made to develop the Troll Station and the Troll Airfield with its airstrip.

The Troll Research Station located at Jutulsessen – a nunatak in the Gjelsvikfjellene mountain range – has many functions. It is measuring facility for radiation including UV rays, as well as a field station for glaciological, biological and physical field program.

Troll is in operation all year. It is located at Jutulsessen. Sustaining Antarctica as a reference area of the planet’s environmental conditions means prioritising that activity in the area affects the environment as little as possible.

Some 1,000 researchers a year are at the station. The facility and the airstrip have become a hub for international research collaboration that takes place in large parts of Queen Maud Land.

The airstrip is operational in the Antarctic summer season between October and February. It is reserved for scientific activity and cannot be used by commercial operators.

Troll was first opened in 1990, but re-opened again in 2005 following a complete upgrade.

“I’m proud that we can assert that the focus on the Troll station has been successful a decade after the opening. Our research contributes important new knowledge to the management of this continent. Moreover, our climate research is a very important contribution to greater understanding of and knowledge about the key role the Antarctic and Arctic have in the global climate system,” declared Climate and Environment Minister Tina Sundtoft.




Published on Wednesday, 11th February, 2015 at 14:00 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.
Last updated on 11th February 2015 at 14:21.

This post has the following tags: antarctica, kingharaldv, trollstation.





  
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