January 16, 2024
India launched its first winter expedition to the Arctic on December 19. Four scientists from India’s Himadri research station travelled to Ny-Alesund in Svalbard in Norway; they will stay there for a month. The team will collect information on the aurora borealis, sea ice and climate change and conduct other space and biodiversity-related studies. Ny-Alesund is the northernmost settlement in the world and studying the region will give scientists a deep understanding of its influence on the Indian monsoons and global warming. The expeditions will continue till March 2024 with different research teams from India living in the region for a month each.
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