New year, new opportunities…

The words has been spoken a lot of times, but a new year means a new start. This year got a lot of expectation from my side. A lot of nice work with developing the IML and work with SFLO. I also already got a lot of guided tour request, so I look forward to this year.

I also Think we all have to take the Environment in consideration when planning our adventures. When it comes to the research about glaciers, it was on a high level at the beginning of the 1900. But the knowledge was stopped due to the knowledge of the movement of the ice. But in the mid 1900 two British physicists John Glen and John Nye independent of each other was able to describe the movement of the ice of a glacier.

The simple relationship between the speed of movement of the ice and the stress it is subject to is usually called Glens Floating Law, while the large work on how the connection is to be applied is usually attributed to John Nye.

In 1947 a hut was purchased in Nikkaluokta by the Sami and Mountain men Andreas Nils. This was the first cabin for the research of the glacier at Tarfala. As curiosity can be told that the hut was blew apart continually.  In 1961 Valter Schytt got a grant to build a modena research station.

The station was build and was consecrated in the same year (1961). Since this, the station has been developed taking into account how society, research issues and the requirements of the researcher have changed over the years. Today it includes 12 Buildings, generator and transformator buildings. The weather in the area is sometimes very hard, and it is good to rember that. In 1992/93 raged two storms. The wind gusts was mesured to 81 m/s, and Three of the Buildings was destroyed and has to be rebuild. Well the glaciers is affected of the global warming here you can see how Sylarna is affected.

It is all our responsibility to let our coming generations to experience glaciers. So Think about how you can reduce the global warming from your Point of view…

See ya soon…

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  1. Good thoughts about the new year that will come Uffe. A lot of adventures ahead.

    Its sad to see the glacier at Sylarna shrinking. I first saw it 1998 and in 2001 a did my first glacier climb on it. At that time we rapelled deep into the crevasses to do iceclimbing up again. They where more than 10 meters deep in vertical.


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