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Join us on an expedition to the Arctic! Together we will explore how the extraordinary ecosystems and frozen landscapes of the far north are coping with climate change and an increasing human presence.
Hotting up, melting down and changing lives near and far: the Arctic Ocean
Dr Sian Henley (Lecturer, University of Edinburgh)
The Arctic Ocean is losing sea ice at an alarming rate. This has serious consequences for all marine life that rely on this fragile ecosystem for survival, as well as global heat balance and northern hemisphere weather. In this talk, we will take a dive into this rapidly-changing ocean, explore its incredible beauty and importance, and discuss how and why our actions are impacting the Arctic and how and why the Arctic is impacting our lives.
In search of whale snot: do whales get stressed in Icelandic waters?
Tom Grove (University of Edinburgh PhD student in Geoscience)
Summer in the Arctic Ocean is one of Earth’s great wonders: plankton blooms under the midnight sun feed thousands of whales. It’s no wonder that every year, more and more people flock north to witness this spectacle, sparking a passion for conservation of this fragile ecosystem. However, the growing presence of humans in the Arctic may disturb local wildlife. My research focuses on whales in north Iceland and the potential impact of whale watching vessels. From collecting whale snot to observing their behaviour, I aim to find out how we can watch whales respectfully and still enjoy their magic