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Svalbard in Norwegian means “Icy Coast”. Yet Heidi Sevestre, a resident ‘ice doctor’, has seen the troubling signs that this frozen landscape has changed in recent decades.
“My everyday job has become to understand how glaciers are moving and reacting to climate change”, explains the French-born glaciologist.
We are taken to see a glacier, where she shows us how humans
are damaging the ice. She explains how Svalbard is essentially
the ground zero of climate change."
«EL MEDIOAMBIENTE PARECE TOTALMENTE INTACTO. NOS SENTIMOS MUY LEJOS DE LA CIVILIZACIÓN, PERO LA VERDAD ES QUE, AQUÍ, LA NIEVE, LAS MONTAÑAS, LOS GLACIARES... SIENTEN TODO LO QUE HACES».
Heidi also collaborates with the UNIS - The University Centre in Svalbard - which is the world’s northernmost research and higher education institute, at a latitude of 78°N.
“There are still lots of things we do not fully understand and it’s only by being here, by having this incredible access to all these places that we can refine our predictions”.
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VOICES FROM AN ICY COAST
The Parajumpers Stories speak of lives outside the ordinary, lived in the remotest corners of earth where powerful forces of nature make everyday survival a challenge.
In the last decade, more and more people have come to Svalbard motivated by the beauty of the place but also by the challenge of what it means to survive both as a community as well as an individual in such a unique location.