August 6, 2010 Svalbard Kurset
The Svalbard Kurset is a class about Svalbard given by UNIS to many important people from the Norwegian ministries. Two days of the two week long class took place at the site of our field area, Kapp Linne. They educate the government officials or advisors to politicians so they understand the issues regarding Svalbard. For example a representative from the environmental ministry, the climate change dept, the education dept. and so on are represented in this group. We were able to meet with this group of 25 officials out in the field and each student shared the research they were doing. Our program directors gave an overview of the project to the group. Jeremy and Andrew extruded a sediment core so they could see how we acquire science data from the lake.
After our field presentations, we went to an outcrop of sediment in a river cut near where the outlet of Lake Linne meets the ocean. The students crawled around with shovels and interpreted the geology.
Finally, after the Norwegians ate dinner they were picked up by the Norwegian Coast Guard ship they were going to spend 2 days on while they traveled to northern Svalbard