Svalbard study trip to the Arctic 2013

Svalbard Study Trip 2013 (6 min) from Albert Buixade Farre on Vimeo.

On August 2013 seven Fletcher School students and alumni, under the leadership of Professor John Curtis Perry, had the unique opportunity to travel to Oslo and Svalbard, Norway, for a research trip to actively learn about the challenges and opportunities emerging in the Arctic.

The Fletcher student delegation flew to Longyearbyen on Svalbard, located at 78° North in the Arctic Circle. Through the generosity of the University Centre in Svalbard, the Fletcher delegation joined a group of 24 Arctic scientists and PhD students from such countries as Norway, Russia, Poland, Germany, China, and India to participate in a weeklong summer school conference.

We listened to lectures by prominent Norwegian experts on Arctic shipping technology, natural resource extraction, climate change and sea ice conditions, search and rescue, indigenous peoples, and geopolitics.

Each Fletcher student offered a presentation on a research project, which comprised Arctic security, maritime boundary dispute settlements, historical narratives of Arctic identities, satellite technology usage in polar regions, and global governance frameworks. Our delegation played a leading role in integrating diverse expertise and perspectives toward the authoring of a report on Shipping in Arctic Water.

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