Singapore is a mere one degree north of the Equator and more than 7,200 km from the Arctic Circle. At first glance, therefore, it appears that Singapore and the Arctic are two disparate places with nothing in common. Yet, what happens in the Arctic – either the melting of glaciers or the opening of new sea routes – has important implications for Singapore as a low-lying island and international seaport.
In this lecture Dr. Jan-Gunnar Winther, Specialist Directorof the Norwegian Polar Institute and Arctic (and Antarctic) explorer, will explain how climate change in the Arctic affects us globally. He will also share photos and videos from his expeditions in in the polar regions.
18.30: Registration and reception – join us for a glass of wine and light refreshments
19.00: Lecture starts
About the speaker
Dr. Winther has a Ph.D. from the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), and has been the director of the Norwegian Polar Institute since 2005. Dr. Winther has considerable experience in cold-regions field research by leading and participating in a number of research expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic. Winther led the Norwegian-USA scientific traverse into a largely unexplored region of the East Antarctic ice sheet during the International Polar Year in 2007-2009. This expedition is the largest and most complex scientific expedition for Norway in Antarctica in modern times. In 2011, he retraced Roald Amundsen’s route to the South Pole in 1911 as part of the national celebration of the Nansen-Amundsen Year 2011.
In addition, Dr. Winther serves on a large number of national and international committees, boards, and delegations. He has published a large number of scientific papers, conference papers, reports and newspaper chronicles and has written three books.