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."
“THE ENVIRONMENT LOOKS ABSOLUTELY PRISTINE. WE FEEL REALLY FAR AWAY FROM CIVILIZATION BUT ACTUALLY THE SNOW, THE MOUNTAINS, THE GLACIERS HERE ARE FEELING EVERYTHING YOU’RE DOING”
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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