Towards the North – Xuelong to reach Akureyri

(Logo: Polar Research Institute of China)On Monday, 20th of August 2012, the Snow Dragon, research ice – breaker from Polar Research Institute of China, is expected to anchorage in Akureyri in the northern part of Iceland.


The venue will open for participants at 9.00 a.m (Icelandic local time) with the speech given by the Chairman of Akureyri Town Council Geir Kristinn Aðalsteinsson and the Chinese Ambassador to Iceland - Su Ge.

(Photo: Arctic Portal)Recently, China has achieved dimensional developments of Arctic linkage, especially in understanding of the earth system and global climate change.

To raise public and governmental awareness and interests Dr. Huigen Yang and Prof. Deyi Ma will give a presentation on "Chinese Polar Research and CHINARE 5" to highlight the main features of Chinese contribution to the Arctic science and promote international cooperation with regards to science and technology of polar research activities.

The Icelandic Chinese science cooperation will be further discussed under the chairmanship of Dr. Thorsteinn Gunnarsson from Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS).

China makes big efforts to understand Arctic environmental changes and nature´s evolution, therefore conjugate observation of day-side aurora and new Icelandic – Chinese Joint Aurora Observatory project will be presented and explained by Dr. Hu and Dr. Björnsson to encourage the exploration of unknown frontiers in the deep universe.

(Picture: Chinare5) Chinare5 research stations around IcelandNew perspectives on Arctic shipping cooperation will be given by Mr. Egill Nielsson and Prof. Zhang Xia from Polar Research Institute of China jointly with Ms. Embla Oddsdottir from Stefansson Arctic Institute who will introduce the harmonious culture of sustainable Arctic Shipping.

The rector of the University of Akureyri – Dr. Stefán B. Sigurðsson will be given his closing remarks before whole group will participate the working lunch hosted by the Town of Akureyri.

The Xuelong will be open for external visitors on Monday, 20th of August from 12.00 – 16.00 p.m. Introduction to the open day will be conducted by the mayor of Akureyri and Chinese ambassador. The visitors will get a chance to meet the staff from Akureyri town council, University of Akureyri, Stefansson Arctic Institute, Arctic Portal and Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network.

CHINARE 5 will leave northern Iceland on Monday´s evening, turning its rudder towards Shanghai.


Source: The Arctic Portal
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