ArcticHERO is a knowledge-based firm working with aspects of geoscience and climatescience, past as well as present.

 

ArcticHERO is located in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway.

ArcticHERO is short for the longer title: "Arctic Historical Evaluation and Research Organisation". This title signals the focus on data/observations from both past and present, to generate new knowledge relevant for modern societies. 

Director is dr. Ole Humlum, professor emeritus of Physical Geography at the University of Oslo, and former professor (full + adjunct) at the University Center in Svalbard (UNIS).

Please find brief professional CV for Ole humlum below, to provide the overall science background:

 

Education:

  • 1976, January: M.Sc. in Glacial Geomorphology, Institute of Geography, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 1976 November: Gold Medal for Prize Essay, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • 1980 June: Ph.D. in Glacial Geomorphology, Institute of Geography, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

 

Other Formal Qualifications:

  • 1994, Education and Qualification as Pedagogical Mentor at the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen , Copenhagen , Denmark.
  • 1997, Qualification as Full Professor in Physical Geography, Department of Physical Geography, Lunds University, Sweden; rated as no. 2 (well-qualified, same as no.1) among 15 applicants. Main scientific topics represented at this department: Geomorphology, Climatology, Satellite imagery analysis and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
  • 1998, Qualification as Full Professor in Geography (Theme: Global Change), Institute of Geography , University of Copenhagen , Denmark ; rated as no.2 (highly qualified, same as no.1) among 6 applicants. Main scientific topics represented at this department: Geomorphology, Climatology, Soil Science, Satellite imagery analysis, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Human Geography.
  • 1999, Qualification as Full Professor in Physical Geography, The University Centre on Svalbard (UNIS), Longyearbyen, Norway ; rated as no.1 among 26 applicants.
  • 2002, Qualification as Full Professor in Physical Geography, Institute of Geosciences, The University of Oslo, Norway; rated as no.1 among 12 applicants.

 

Professional Experience:

  • July 1980: Post.Doc, Institute of Geography , University of Copenhagen , Denmark.
  • January 1982: Post.Doc., Danish Science Research Council , Denmark.
  • June 1983 - August 1986: Scientific Director, Arctic Station, Qeqertarsuaq (Godhavn), Greenland.
  • August 1986 - August 1999: Associate professor, Arctic Geomorphology, Institute of Geography, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • April 1995 - August 1999: Pedagogical Mentor , Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen , Denmark.
  • February 1996 - January 1997: Special Consultant, GeoBasis Programme, Danish Polar Center (DPC), Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • February 1997 - January 1998: Honorary Senior Lecturer, Depart. Geography., University of St. Andrews , Scotland.
  • February 1998 - August 1998: Visiting Associate Professor, Faroese Natural Museum , Tˇrshavn, Faroe Islands.
  • August 1998 - August 1999: Associate professor, Arctic Geomorphology, Institute of Geography, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • September 1999 - August 2003: Full Professor, Physical Geography, The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Svalbard , Norway .
  • January 2001-August 2003:  Head of the Geological Department, The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Svalbard , Norway .
  • September 2003-October 2017: Full Professor II (Adjunct Professor), Physical Geography, The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Svalbard , Norway .
  • January 2003-October 2016: Full Professor, Physical Geography, The University of Oslo , Department of Geography , Norway .
  • September 2007-June 2008: Visiting Scholar, University of St. Andrews , School of Geography and Geosciences, Scotland .

 

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Glacial- and periglacial geomorphology, with main emphasis on the climatic control on glacial and periglacial geomorphic activity in cold-climate, high-relief areas, past as well as present.
  • Landforms derived from bedrock weathering in high-relief areas, with special emphasis on rock glaciers.
  • Permafrost and associated landforms.
  • Permafrost coasts and their dynamics.
  • Slope processes in cold climates.
  • Climate variability and associated geomorphological response.
  • Scientific applications of numerical modelling in geomorphology; e.g. modelling of glacier masse balance based on meteorological values (and vice versa), plus active layer and permafrost thermal characteristics.
  • Reconstruction of Quaternary ice sheets, glaciers and periglacial environments in the North Atlantic region.
  • Historical and modern climatology (modern dataseries as well as the use of documentary and early instrumental records for the reconstruction of late Holocene climate) of the North Atlantic region, in particular the Faroe Islands , Greenland and Svalbard .
  • The impact of climate on societies (human dimensions) in the North Atlantic region.
  • Comparison and integration of different climate proxy series.
  • Arctic and Antarctic climate, past and present.
  • Wavelet and other statistical analysis of climate and meteorological series.