According to the written statement made by the Turkish Technological and Scientific Research Council (TUBITAK), the 3rd National Arctic Scientific Research Expedition was carried out under the auspices of the Presidency, with the support of the Ministry of Industry and Technology, and under the coordination of TUBITAK Marmara Research Center (MAM) Polar Research Institute.

The research team reached the sea ice line at 81 degrees north latitude with the 62-meter Norwegian-flagged research ship ‘PolarXplorer’ for about 1 month.

Within the scope of the memorandum of understanding signed in 2022 between the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and TUBITAK, the first cooperation was realized at this time.

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The cruise crew cruised 5 thousand 500 kilometers

In July 2023, the month with the highest average temperature since scientific records began, the expedition team conducted studies to better understand climate change in the Arctic. The team completed all their scientific work by sampling and measuring at 28 points.

Shedding light on the future of the world, the expedition team carried out scientific research for 14 different projects in the Barents Sea. While the work of the scientific team covers topics such as marine and life sciences, ecosystems adapted to the Arctic Ocean, including fish and sea creatures, phytoplankton, determination of human-induced pollutants in the sea, monitoring of the physical parameters of sea water, microplastics, atmospheric pollution observations in the marine area, meteorological observations, Studies such as the environmental effects and periodic examination of new trade routes, observation of sea ice and tracking of marine mammals were carried out within the scope of the expedition.

Cruising about 5,500 kilometers, the expedition crew explored the sea ice that started at 81 degrees north latitude, the glaciers that broke up and mixed with the sea due to climate change, the Svalbard archipelago and the Barents Sea, which they passed during the cruise. He observed bears and dozens of bird species.

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Samples received for Italian researchers delivered

During the expedition, the 3rd National Arctic Scientific Research Expedition team visited the Polish Polar Research Station, the Russian research stations in Barentsburg, the former Russian mining town of Pyramiden and the Korean base in Ny Alesund.

The scientific team was also informed by the authorities of the Barentsburg Scientific Research Center as part of the visit to closely examine the work of foreign scientists. The team also delivered the samples taken for the projects of Italian researchers during the expedition to the Italian research station, as part of international cooperation. The scientific team also made a short visit to Ny-Alesund, a town with 12 different research stations from different countries located at 79 degrees north latitude, and took a group photo in front of the statue of Norwegian Explorer Roald Amundsen, who set foot on the north pole first and second on the south pole. he took it. There are 20 research facilities belonging to 13 countries on Svalbard (Spitsbergen) Island in order to carry out scientific studies in the Arctic and Arctic Ocean.

The first findings on the work of researchers participating in the Arctic science expedition will be shared with other scientists at the 7th National Polar Sciences Symposium to be held between November 30 and December 1.

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