Arctic: GK, Current Affairs, Questions, Trivia and News

World Meteorological Organisation report

In light of the ongoing UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Madrid, Spain, the World Meteorological Organisation has released its annual report predicting a grim outlook for the global climate change. Some of the reports highlights are as follows: Marine heat-waves are to become more common. The average temperatures of both 10 year and ..

India-Sweden to sign their First Maritime Cooperation Agreement

India and Sweden are expected to sign the agreement for Cooperation in Polar Science during the Swedish Royal Couple, King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, along with their senior minister’s five-day visit to India starting today, December 2, 2019. This marks the third visit to India of the Swedish King, first was in 1993 ..

Arctic Ocean sea-ice is declining: Study

According to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, conducted by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the U.S., Arctic Ocean may be ice-free for part of year starting sometimes between 2044 and 2067.  Satellite observations show that since 1979, the amount of sea ice in the Arctic in September has declined ..

India re-elected as an observer to inter-governmental forum Arctic Council

On 7th May 2019, India has been re-elected as an observer to inter-governmental forum Arctic Council at the 11th Arctic Council ministerial meeting at Rovaniemi, Finland. Indian researchers have been studying whether there is a co-relation between Indian monsoon and the Arctic region. The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, an Indian institute under ..

IndARC

IndARC is India’s first underwater moored observatory anchored in the Kongsfjorden fjord, half way between Norway (1100km away from Norway) and the North Pole at a depth of 192 metre. The data provided by IndARC helps to understand the Arctic processes and their influence on the Indian monsoon system through climate modelling studies; and the response of the Arctic ..

Polar Silk Road

China released a white paper on its Arctic policy, pledging cooperative governance and elaborating its vision for a “Polar Silk Road” by developing shipping lanes opened up by global warming extending President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative . Note: China, despite being a non-Arctic state, is increasingly active in the polar region and became an observer ..

Arctic Council

The Arctic Council was established in 1956 as a high-level intergovernmental forum which addresses issues faced by the Arctic governments and people living in the Arctic region. Currently Arctic Council has 8 Member states and 13 Observer states. 8 Member states: Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the United States Note: The Arctic Ocean has an area of over ..