Norwegian Antarctic Research Station Upgraded


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Norway has had a presence in Antarctica since the early days of exploration, culminating in territorial claims to Bouvetøya, Peter I Øy and Dronning Maud Land in 1939. It was one of the first signatories to the Antarctic Treaty.

Research programmes have been co-ordinated by the Norwegian Polar Institute since 1948, and during the 1989/90 season the summer station 'Troll' was established on Princess Martha Coast. This area is part of Dronning Maud Land, which comprises one-six of the Antarctic continent. It borders the British Antarctic Territory to the west and the Australian Antarctic Territory to the east.

The Troll station is currently being upgraded and will be manned year round to enable Norway to maintain a continual presence, thereby strengthening its position as a polar nation and providing new opportunities for climate research. The aim is also to help preserve and protect the world's purest wilderness.

There will be seven scientists based at the station during winter seasons and many more during the summers. Research projects planned include glacier monitoring, studies of greenhouse gasses and UV radiation, meteorological observations and monitoring of bird colonies (what is thought to be the largest colony on the icy continent is situated in Dronning Maud Land). There are also plans for a satellite data station in co-operation with the Norwegian Space Centre.

HRH Queen Sonja of Norway will open the station in February 2005, becoming the first Norwegian royal to set foot on Antarctica.



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