Scientists from the Chinese government-run Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC) are currently in Iceland to set up a northern lights research station in Reykjadalur, Northeast Iceland, ruv.is reports.
Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
Research at the center will be carried out in conjunction with Icelandic research and academic institutions with PRIC sponsoring the project’s operations through an Icelandic non-profit organization.
As Icelandic law forbids the purchase or lease of land by foreigners from outside the EEA, the Employment Development Society of Eyjafjörður and Þingeyjar and the Arctic Portal, based in Akureyri, North Iceland, purchased the land for the project.
The station will feature a specially-equipped camera that takes photographs of the northern lights and geomagnetism measurements. According to the scientists, the northern lights indicate the interplay with the solar winds and the earth’s magnetic field, meaning that the research findings can be used to predict space weather.