Saturday, 16 July 2011

Enroute to Greenland: A Chance Encounter in Copenhagen

Having a day between flights from Finland and the flight to Greenland for this year's joint AMISR and EISCAT International Incoherent Scatter Radar Workshop in Kangerlussuaq, wandering around town was the obvious choice. Copenhagen is an old and beautiful city, but on a warm and sunny Saturday during the holiday season it is also very full of people. While cruising around a park, I happened upon Hans Christian Ørsted. I knew he lived here, but hadn't thought of him for a long time. However, he is highly relevant to radar, since he discovered, in 1820, the direct relationship between electricity and magnetism. Later, in 1829, he founded a college, which today is called the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). At the university, at DTU Space, Ørsted's legacy is very much alive. The institute monitors the Earth's magnetic field with a series of ground stations in Greenland, Denmark and the South Atlantic.

Photo: Thomas Ulich.

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