Georg Hansen, Senior Scientist, ATMOS Department

ARCTIC, Day 2: We have arrived in the town of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island in the Svalbard archipelago of the Arctic. We flew in from Tromsoe on the northernmost tip of the mainland. While there this morning we visited the Norwegian Polar Institute and interviewed director Georg Hansen, Senior Scientist, ATMOS Department, who told us about the work of his climate scientists in Svalbard. He has spent the last 30 years working on climate science. “Climate Change has drastically affected the atmosphere and the temperature on the island of Spitsbergen alone has risen 3.5 degrees on an annual average since the mid-1990s. That is about nine times faster compared to that of the global average. This is as abnormal as things can be in the Arctic.”

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