Arctic News Roundup: 24-30 January

Sunrise in Tromsø, January 2022 [Photo by Marc Lanteigne]

by Mingming Shi

1) The Faroe Marine Research Institute and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources are jointly sponsoring a three-year Ph.D. fellowship in marine biology. Please refer to this link for additional information, and the application deadline is 1 March 2022. Good luck!

2) The Economist has posted an analysis of the potential effects of a cutoff of Russian gas to Europe in the wake of the ongoing Ukraine crisis. Although both Moscow and many European government have taken steps to blunt the impact of such a scenario, there is still the possibility of economic damage should the Vladimir Putin government decide to punish Europe by halting gas sales.

3) According to NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), its Oceans Melting Greenland mission, which spanned six years, has been completed. Various operations were undertaken for this NASA mission, including mapping the sea floor around Greenland and gauging seawater temperature changes at different locations. However, the completion of this project does not mean that there is not still work to be done in furthering the understanding of the seas around, or the glaciers within, Greenland. Some probes set by the team continue to operate off Greenland, providing further data remotely.

4) As CBC News in Canada reported, the annual Sunrise Festival took place in Inuvik, in the Northern Territories, to celebrate the reappearance of the sun after the long and dark polar winter. This year, however, due to the continuing gathering restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, people were encouraged to enjoy the events within their own homes.

5) Also from CBC News, a food box program has been started by the Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre in Iqaluit, Nunavut. The idea is to include three to five types of country food, (sources from local hunters), in each box and deliver them to Iqalummiut. The project also includes a ‘pay what you can’ option for lower income households.

6), operated by Aarhus University in Denmark, conducted an interview with Rosannguaq Rossen, Assistant Professor at the University of Greenland, who shared her experience in her academic career, and findings of her research on symbolism and national dress for women in different Greenlandic regions.