MobileReporter launches ArctiRounder, a new project which has the mission to improve public communication on what is really going on in the Arctic, in order to draw attention on the need to preserve both the pristine dimension and the unique value for human discoveries in the polar regions

Arctic Rounder consists of a number of carefully planed expeditions around the Arctic Polar Circle aiming to produce a web-based interactive blog with videos series, photo-galleries and interactive maps narrating climate change in action across the World most untouched and unexplored territories.

Our goal is progressively increasing  awareness on the environmental crisis in the Arctic, through captivating the audience through original storytelling blending science and adventure. In particular, we intend to document the Arctic pristine and fragile beauty, the signs of its deterioration due to global warming and other human activities and the ongoing initiatives intended to increase scientific knowledge and provide responsive actions.

We intend to bring the Arctic close to people’s doorstep. Indeed, the ecological disruption in the Arctic, and in Polar regions in general, endangers the entire Earth and our own life.It is already the cause of unpredictable and devastating meteorological events, droughts, floods and storms striking several inhabited areas in both the temperate and tropical regions, where our audience precisely lives.

Our focus includes all initiatives that deal with the impact of global warming as well as with mitigation and adaptation, particularly those initiatives that contribute to achieve the following goals: Developing research on climate change, Monitoring Ecosystems Health, Testing low-carbon technologies, Promoting Sustainable Tourism.

The project is supported by the Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC) and the Institute of Biometeorology (IBIMET) of the National Research Council (CNR). The CNR has a long tradition of presence in the Arctic and for over 20 years has been managing the “Dirigibile Italia” research station at Svalbard, a 100oKm archipelago in the north of Norway. The CNR station in the Svalbard is part of the International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT).

Our expected long-term achievement is inter-linking seamlessly all our expeditions in order to complete a loop around the Arctic Polar Circle, following a route that connects most of INTERACT affiliated stations. They represent most remote ramparts of human civilization, where scientists from all over the World work in extreme conditions to study climate change in action.

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