Arctic Q/A Session: Josef

By Josef // Tuesday 11 Sep // 10:07:35 // 8 Comments

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Watch the first clip from Josef at Southbank Centre, London (from Tuesday 11 September), find out how you can follow him during the expedition and read the initial questions posted on the website. (Duration: 45 secs)

Tune in for Josef’s video diary broadcast

Tues 18th Sept, 10am GMT (11am UK)
Thank you for all your questions! Josef will be posting a simple piece to camera from Svalbard in the Norwegian Arctic to let you know how he’s getting on, what he is working on and responding to the questions below. If you are a pupil at Parkview School make sure you get a chance to watch Josef’s broadcast in assembly or class time.
Watch Josef’s video diary »

Live QA following the broadcast

Tues 18th Sept, 10.30am GMT (11.30am UK)
Following the broadcast Josef will be online live from the Arctic for 30 minutes to hear your responses and to answer any questions.
Join Josef’s Live QA »

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  1. Carrie-Anne McGeouch Monday 10 Sep, 2007 // 14:40:00

    Hi there Jozef,

    My name is Carrie-Anne and I am a friend of your dad Toni!
    I am sending you a message of support and good luck and to also say that I am fascianted by your very brave and adventurous nature.
    I have always been interested in the environment and trying to preserve it hence why I got into Chemistry, you need to know how things work before you can fix them!
    All the best sweetheart, I hope you make some truly amazing scientific discoveries, but most of all – keep safe!

    Lots of love,

    Carrie-Anne xxx

  2. Paul Furze Monday 10 Sep, 2007 // 17:46:32

    Hello Jozef…(you know me I play guitar with your old man).

    I have a question though that I guess alot of people won’t know the answer to….

    I understand your project idea about salinety and plankton but what are the advantages to studying it all the way up there in extreme cold that you can’t get in a laboratory?

    PS: Have a great time and I hope you find lots of answers. Paul.

  3. Kevin Mackenzie Tuesday 11 Sep, 2007 // 10:35:12

    Hi Jozef, I work with the old man as well (I say work I have probably spent more time drinking with him than working but never mind!). I used to think I was lucky to travel to some pretty “cool” places but nothing like as exciting as the opportunity you have.
    I pretend to be a scientist so thought I would ask a question of a real one – if the plankton population is found to have changed from previous studies how can you go about proving that this is due to changes in water temperature, salinity, other chemicals in the water or other environmental changes like different animal populations in the region? Will you or one of the team be doing analysis of the sea water alongside your plankton studies?
    Enjoy the the opportunity to see somethings that most of us will never get to, make plenty of new friends from the interesting crew you are with and most importantly be safe so you make it back to Mum, Dad and the family in one piece.
    PS if you get the chance to eat any polar bear let me know what its like (and I wont believe you if you say its liek chicken!)

  4. toni Wednesday 12 Sep, 2007 // 20:20:27

    Joe – can you get them to fix the sound? we can’t hear anything!!

    Cape Farewell – Done! Sorry about that, a minor technical hitch. I hope Joe is coming through loud and clear now!

  5. Kathy Wednesday 12 Sep, 2007 // 22:44:42

    Hi all, sorry! slight technical hitch with the sound on Josef’s clip to start with. We’ve fixed it now, just in time for him to head up to the Arctic. Click to play it again and you should be able to hear Josef this time!

  6. Toni Friday 14 Sep, 2007 // 21:43:35

    Hey Joe – you need to look at the “profiles page” as all the questions seem to be ending up in there, hope you’re having a whale of a time

  7. Dawn Saturday 15 Sep, 2007 // 23:28:26

    Hi Joe, Hope you are a having a great time, we are checking in on the web site every day to see if there is any news and we’re looking forward to watching your live blog – good luck with it.

    My Question is about your artistic project: has the scenery or or the experience of being in the Arctic inspired you to compose a piece of music?, also as you are a guy of a few but meaningful words. I challenge you to describe the Arctic in five words only (none of the following please “dunno, Cold, north, nice, “cool”)

    love Mum 🙂

  8. Natalie Chapples Monday 17 Sep, 2007 // 16:01:39

    Hi Jozef,
    It’s Natalie here from the Evening Mail in Barrow.
    It was very interesting reading your latest blog.
    We are looking forward to your video diary tomorrow.
    What has been the highlight of your trip so far?
    It was amazing to hear that you saw a polar bear. How far away was the polar bear from you?
    When you see an animal which is so seriously threatened by global warming, how determined does it make you in this climate change project ?
    What visible effects of global warming have your group seen or found through your experiments ?
    You mentioned that you met Svalbardian pupils, how is climate change affecting them?
    Please tell us more about the Arctic environment and conditions, and what life is like on the Noorderlicht. Have you found your sea legs yet?
    Thank you and good luck with the rest of your trip.

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