Artico Opening

It is one of the most vital and vulnerable components of the Earth system, and since the Greek Age, the region that overlooks the great “icy sea”, with its long winters and the alternation of astronomical phenomena such as the boreal aurora and the midnight sun fascinated the man. Artico is the protagonist of the new exhibition inaugurated today in the Spazio Galilei of the Città della Scienza;  Massimo Inguscio, National Research Council President, Valeria Fascione, Minister for Internationalization, Startup and Innovation of the Campania Region, Vittorio Silvestrini, President of Fondazione Idis – Città della Scienza. Fabio Trincardi, Director of the Department of Earth Sciences and Technologies for the Environment of the CNR, held a conference titled “Arctic: Changes in Action, Challenges and Research”.

The Exhibition is divided into 4 sections: Arctic in the global system that illustrates the geographical features of the Arctic, the populations that inhabit it and the history of Arctic explorations; Research to observe and understand the Arctic system which presents the main research activities that Italy conducts in Arctic and in particular in Ny Ålesund, in the Svalbard Islands, where Cnr manages the “Dirigibile Italia” research station; Vulnerability and Resilience, a section dealing with arctic ecosystem issues such as chemical pollution, depletion of the ozone layer, and the risks associated with degradation of permafrost, the Governance of the Arctic describing the organizational structure of international organizations, including Italy, which manages the scientific and political programming in Arctic.

The Arctic is a very important area for scientific research: its geographic characteristics and the relatively uncontaminated environment allow to study climate change and the effects of global warming. Polar areas, in fact, are particularly sensitive to any modification, both natural and man-made, and are thus excellent sentinels that can provide clear indications of the current trend in the Earth’s climate system.

The exhibition was conceived and realized by: CNR – Department of Earth Sciences and Technologies for the Environment; CNR – Directorate General Information and Communication Office Urp; CNR – Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences; CNR – Institute for Didactic Technologies.

Neapolitan stage is organized by the CNR – Directorate General Information Communication Office and Urp in collaboration with Fondazione Idis-Città della Scienza.

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