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Fieldwork and Environmental Impact

27th March 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

On 27 March 2023, the Swiss Polar Institute organises a workshop on the issue of impact of scientific fieldwork in the polar regions.


16:00 – Introduction and welcome
Danièle Rod, Swiss Polar Institute

16:10 – Environmental impact of polar science: overview and global perspective
Susana Hancock, President for APECS international, Arctic Basecamp
Susana is a multidisciplinary Arctic climate researcher who addresses the socio-geopolitical impacts of the climate crisis in the polar regions.

16:20 – Minimising the environmental impact of polar research and logistics
Pjotr Elshout, European Polar Board, The Hague, Netherlands
Pjotr is the project officer at the European Polar Board and has actively worked on the latest “Synthesis Report on Reducing Environmental Impacts of Polar Research”

16:30 – Tackling environmental impact of fieldwork – a comparative perspective between Alps, Arctic and Antarctic
Michael Lehning, WSL, EPFL, Switzerland
Michael is professor of atmospheric physics and snow and atmosphere processes, focusing on the interaction between the atmosphere and the cryosphere as well as renewable energy in the Alps.

16:40 – Taking into account the environmental footprint of scientific stations at the French Polar Institute 
Yannick Fagon, French polar Institute, France
Project manager DDU 2050 (the modernisation of the French Antarctic station Dumont d’Urville by 2050)

16:45 – Panel discussion and Q&A

The discussion will engage with environmental and carbon footprints of fieldwork as well as exploring avenues for generating positive impact and cleaner approaches for data acquisition.

17:20 – Wrap-up and take-home messages

We look forward to seeing you there!


The registrations are now closed. We thank you for your interest!

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27th March 2023
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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