Polar week, day 4! Today’s motto is ‘Macro-scale’. And what could be more macro-scale than a comparison between the two polar regions? So, here is our Arctic-vs. Antarctic list of #PolarNumbers: 91.5%/7.9% of the Earth’s frozen freshwater resources are stored in the Antarctic/Greenland ice sheet, amounting to 99.4% in total […]

Polar Week: Polar Number Challenge – Take Four

Polar week, day three. Today APECS challenged us to share our micro-scale Polar Numbers. And since we are an Arctic based research training group our knowledge about Antarctica is on a micro-scale range compared to our knowledge about the Arctic so we decided to change sides today and summarize some #PolarNumbers […]

Polar Week: Polar Number Challenge – Take Three

Welcome to part 2 of our humble quest to provide you with our #PolarNumbers! Today, I want to share some Arctic #PolarNumbers with you (and since today’s challenge is percentages, I of course hid some % in our Arctic numbers): 6*10⁶ km²: So much of the Arctic Ocean is covered by […]

Polar Week: Polar Number Challenge – Take Two

Today is the first day of the APECS Polar Week, as you already heard of by Valentin last Friday. And since APECS challenged all of us to share our #PolarNumbers with the world out there, we of course didn’t want to miss this. A Polar Number could be any number […]

Polar Week: Polar Number Challenge – Take One

Hallo zusammen! Während das arktische Meereis sich seinem jährlichen Minimum nähert, nähert sich das öffentliche Interesse an der Arktis normalerwise seinem jährlichem Maximum. Deswegen möchten wir euch diese Woche gerne auf eine Möglichkeit hinweisen, um euren hoffentlich unstillbaren Hunger nach Polarwissen zu stillen: Die APECS Internationale Polarwoche vom 17. bis […]

Polar week coming!

One short note before you start: This article is an experiment. I describe my work using only the 1000 most commonly used words in English. You want to see more of this? Follow #SciCommChall on Twitter! You want to give it a try yourself? Use this editor: http://splasho.com/upgoer5/. By the […]

Marrying in Space

In a couple of weeks 6 German and 8 Canadian ArcTrain PhD students will join the Floating University, an educational program that will take place on a 6-week scientific cruise to the high Arctic. In preparation for this expedition some of us went to the polar bear protection training. Now […]

Polar Bear Protection Training

“Why the hell did you come here???” I often hear for 11 years. Yes. Why did I leave Martinique, a tropical French island with a minimal winter temperature of 20°C … to go to Rimouski (Québec, Canada) where it is snowing 5 months a year with a mean winter temperature […]

From the Tropics to the Arctic: an Eternal Story!

Mein Physiklehrer aus der Mittelstufe riet uns jedes Mal, wenn wir uns beschwerten, dass es so kalt sei, wir sollten uns “warme Gedanken machen”. Da es momentan definitiv keine warmen Gedanken braucht, um nicht zu frieren, habe ich mich gefragt, ob diese Technik nicht vielleicht auch andersrum funktioniert, sich kalte […]

‘Coole’ Gedanken für Warme Tage