Crown Princess Victoria visits Abisko

The Crown Princess at Svalbard in June 2008. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg.

The Crown Princess at Svalbard in June 2008. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg.

On 12-14 August 2008, Crown Princess Victoria carried out a study visit to Abisko in Norrbotten, regarding the research venture SWEDARCTIC 2008 and the ongoing International Polar Year 2007-2008.

The Crown Princess is the Swedish patron of the Polar Year and during her visit she will be assisting glacier researchers in the field with measuring glaciers, as well as finding out about the climate research that is being conducted in Abisko.

The programme includes a guided tour of the research station led by the station´s director, Terry Callaghan; lectures on the station´s climate research and experiments, as well as information on the ongoing International Polar Year.

The International Polar Year

Several research activities, under the combined title SWEDARCTIC, are underway in the Swedish mountains during July and August 2008 as part of the International Polar Year (IPY).

Most of the research projects are concerned with climate change and are of an interdisciplinary nature. During her visit, The Crown Princess will be finding out more about the SWEDARCTIC research.

International Polar Year 2007-2008 is focusing on several issues, from the situation of minority groups and economic development in the northerly regions, to culture, environment and science. The research occupies a prominent position, particularly research on climate and the environment, where the polar regions are of global significance.