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A Photographic Tribute to the Beauty of the High Arctic

The helicopter circled above ground to find a possible landing place. In a bay the pilot found a gentle hill and prepared for landing. Under the noise of the rotor blades, our expedition gears were unloaded. Then the helicopter took off and turned to the north: we were left to our own devices, abandoned in the FROZEN LATITUDES of the Arctic wilderness. Now there was no turning back.

Der Helikopter zog eine Schleife, um eine mögliche Landestelle zu sichten. In einer Bucht fand der Pilot einen sanften Hügel und setzte zur Landung an. Unter dem Lärm der Rotoren wurde unser Expeditionsgepäck ausgeladen. Dann hob der Helikopter ab und zog weiter Richtung Norden: Wir waren abgesetzt, ausgesetzt in den FROZEN LATITUDES der arktischen Wildnis. Jetzt gab es kein Zurück mehr.

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The passion for The Cold

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Ambitious first-hand expedition stories from some of the remotest places in Greenland, Franz Josef Land and the Arctic Ocean

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The High Arctic becoming un-frozen due to global warming

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Take a look at the fine art photo book in English and German with its stunning panoramic photos, moving stories and the scientific facts about the warming Cryosphere from the Austrian Polar Research Institute.

Read the passionate FROZEN LATITUDES Essays.

Frozen Latitudes Events

Thursday, 20th Februray 2020

Torradagar, Klaksvik, Faroe Islands

 

Prof. Wolfgang Schöner (APRI) and Christoph Ruhsam are invited to the cultural Torradagar days to the Faroe Islands and will talk about the Arctic and the impact of global warming.

Witnessing Global Warming in the High Arctic

Christoph Ruhsam presents his first hand experiences of global warming in the High Arctic, which he travels since more than 30 years, in a multi-media talk. Privately organized expeditions lead him to West Greenland (Nuugssuaq peninsula), East Greenland (Sermilik Fjord), Northeast Greenland (Liverpool Land) and into the Russian archipelago of Franz Josef Land and beyond into the Arctic Ocean. He witnessed the record low sea ice cover in 2012 and captured the retreat of large glacier systems which meanwhile disappeared. His stunning photos show the impact of global warming which becomes apparent when comparing with satellite images of Google maps. Arctic sea ice reports published daily by national meteorological institutes on the Internet show clear evidence that a fundamental change is upon us.

The Polar Cryosphere and its Impact on Global Climate

The talk of Wolfgang Schöner will highlight the role of the cryosphere in the climate system of the Earth. Obviously, global warming impacts the cryosphere in the Arctic by melting snow and various forms of ice. But the changing cryosphere in turn also impacts the climate system – not only in the Arctic but even in the mid-latitudes. The understanding of these processes is essential, because they show the high degree of interconnectedness of climate change at the global level and related global responsibility. Finally, it has also be mentioned that the polar cryosphere, through the ice core research, has particularly improved our todays understanding of climate change.

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Annual air temperature change for the entire Earth, the Alpine region and the Arctic region (deviation from the mean over 1961-1990).

Data source: www.zamg.ac.at/histalp, https://data.giss.nasa.gov/gistemp/, NOAA Global Surface Temperature Dataset (NOAAGlobalTemp), Version 4.0

Sibirischer Winter am Baikalsee: Multimedialer Vortrag im Alpenverein Austria

Mittwoch, 15. April 2020, 19:30
Alpenverein Austria, Rotenturmstraße 14, 1010 Wien

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Vortrag von Christoph Ruhsam

Drei austro-norwegische Freunde machen sich auf, den Baikalsee im sibirischen Winter mit lokalen Guides zu erkunden. Die Route, zu Fuß und mit russischen Uljanowski Mannschaftsfahrzeugen, führt sie bei Temperaturen von minus zehn bis minus dreißig Grad am Eis des Sees die Westküste bis zur Insel Olchon entlang. Von dort wird der See über seine tiefste Stelle (1600 m) mit zahlreichen Rissen und Eisverschiebungen im Spezialkonvoi gequert und im Osten die Halbinsel “Heilige Nase” erwandert. Unglaubliche Landschafts- und Eisformationen birgt der “Wilde Osten”, wo die einfachen Holzhäuser und Bauerngehöfte das Flair von Entdeckung und Landnahme über Jahrhunderte nicht abgelegt haben. Im Anschluss informiert Martin Weber – geprüfter Wanderführer und Geschäftsführer von ausflugundreise.at – über Reisemöglichkeiten zum Baikalsee.

Eintritt: Freie Spende!

Frozen Latitudes Essays

Fundamental Change

A number of scientists who have actually been working with sea ice measurement had predicted some years ago that the retreat of Arctic summer sea ice would accelerate as it is part of a fundamental change. The same applies to the land ice masses like the Greenlandic ice sheet.

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Unwrapping Frozen Latitudes

Sitting on a Grass Roof Enjoying a Wienerwald Spring morning on the grass roof of our shed   I could see a parcel delivery van turning into our side road and stopping in front of our house. On the parcel I spotted the letters “Seltmann PrintArt” and knew it was the delivery of the first…

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Frozen Latitudes become real

Printing Frozen Latitudes Here in Lüdenscheid, Germany, the fine arts print company Seltmann Printart has started today with the print production of Frozen Latitudes. I’m here to sign-off the individual print sheets and fine tune the color settings. We are printing on a Heidelberg Speedmaster printer which is filling a whole hall of the print…

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The mystical Aurora Borealis

Since 30 years I travel to the High Arctic. If there is one thing that blows my mind every time and is like a dream come true, it must be witnessing the colorful Aurora Borealis in the Night Sky. The cold Arctic air allows us to witness colors of an incredible intensity. On each of…

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