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Our future in their hands

 

What Is Happening To Our World?

Ongoing climate change is a global phenomenon and implicates serious and hardly predictable consequences for mankind and nature. Therefore, it is crucial to gain a better understanding of the effects of climate change. What better way to understand this than by getting our future generations involved, to create awareness and help generate momentum for making a change.

At Tespack, we help make this possible by creating new energy solutions that support this kind of projects in extreme environments, which was the reason we decided to embark on the journey of  project BLACK.ICE with our Ambassador, Klemens Weisleitner an ecologist and extreme adventurer affiliated with the University of Innsbruck and the Austrian Polar Research Institute (APRI) and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research. Here, pupils from  NMSK Reutte school (11 to 12 years) get a first hand experience of how global warming impacts their immediate environment. They become encouraged in making a change to our world and even becoming scientists to improve our knowledge about planet Earth.

 

Shaping The Current Generation, To Save The Future:

Exposing the children to the world of science at such a young age means that they are highly motivated to learn more about climate change and life in the cold regions. This project has already left a positive impression in their minds by linking a great experience with science, it might also promote their decision to become a scientist in the future or simply make them conscious to make the right decisions on the day to day decisions that benefits our planet.

Benefits of conducting projects like this:

First, the kids have the opportunity to learn about their natural environment that they call “home”. Many people live in the alps, but hardly any of them is aware of abiotic and biotic processes in the mountains and associated long-term consequences that will affect all of us.

Second, Children learn to ask critical questions and scrutinize information that they consume on a daily basis. We support them to analyze samples they collected, gather results and draw conclusions based on their results.

Third, It is crucial to educate children about climate change and its manifold consequences, as it can increase their awareness level and they also communicate this topic with other friends and family members, creating the snowball effect to make a positive change towards our environment.

Meet the team behind it all…

Purpose Of This Project:

The purpose of this project is to define the so-called “Biolalbedo-effect” for an alpine glacier. Albedo is a measure for the reflectivity of an object. The darkening of glacier surfaces – or the decrease in albedo accelerates glacial melt. Glaciers and ice sheets were long time considered as sterile deserts. However, this understanding changed completely and nowadays we know that ice surfaces are covered with life that is dominated by bacteria and algae. The presence of life also changes the albedo of glacier surfaces. This effect is called “Bioalbedo” and can change the reflectivity of ice surfaces by up to 20%.

“We literally have no information about this bioalbedo effect in the alps and the only known studies were made in the Arctic.” Tespack Ambassador & Scientist Klemens Weisleitner. This study is important to understand effects of climate change in context with microbial life that accelerates glacial melt. This “bioalbedo-effect” has not been considered in any climate models yet. However, this new knowledge will improve our understanding of glacial melt significantly and helps to better predict processes of climate warming on a global scale.


 

(A cryoconite hole (literally translated cold dust) . Organic and inorganic matter absorbs solar energy and melts into the ice, forming a mini lake with sediment in the bottom and liquid water on top. These cryoconite holes harbor a number of organisms.)

 

 

How Did Technology Play A Part In This Project?

The world we live in today is heavily revolved around technology, especially at remote study sites awareness is an important aspect. It’s vital to have power in your devices for safety needs as well as to carry your field research.

We asked Tespack’s Ambassador & scientist Klemens what impact would it have made to the mini expedition if he wasn’t able to use Tespack energy solutions?

His response was quite simple;

In case of emergency, it is crucial to have a charged battery in your cell,- or satellite phone. No battery, no immediate rescue. It is that simple.”

“During our Antarctic expeditions, the main power source was provided by generators but they were only used when absolutely necessary

At times when the generator was off, I connected my solar panels to the battery pack. In fact, some devices such as my phone (camera and mp3 player) and laptop ( for science) didn’t charge when it was too cold. To solve this problem, I simply used the Tespack battery pack that charged my devices during the night  inside my warm sleeping bag.

Even if I didn’t need to charge my devices at a particular moment, I always charged my Tespack battery packs when the generator was running. By using the Tespack gear, I stayed flexible in charging my devices when and especially where I wanted.”  

 

(Tespack 18K Power bank & 21W Solar Plant )

 

Stay tuned, as in Autumn 2019 we will be sharing some of the research and pictures the children took as they will be taking part in a glacier photo contest from their expedition and showing you the winner of the contest who will be receiving a FREE Tespack Beetle!

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