As of Jan. 1, 2012, Chris Petrich will begin work at the Northern Research Institute (Norut) in Narvik, Norway. Petrich will be working on ice-related issues as part of a team of researchers. For a start, he will continue his work on oil-in-ice and other issues of relevance to Norway, including ice loads in hydropower dams.
Petrich has been at the Geophysical Institute since 2006, when he was hired as a post-doc. With affiliations in the Snow, Ice and Permafrost and Remote Sensing Research Groups, he was then promoted to Research Associate in 2009. Petrich’s last day at the GI will be Friday, Dec. 9. During the GI Director’s Office Coffee Circle on Friday, Dec. 2, Petrich was wished farewell and given a commemorative coin in recognition of his work at the institute.
“I had a great time with everybody at the GI,” said Petrich.
Narvik is situated at the foot of a downhill ski area, approximately 15-minutes walk from the Technical College. It is also about 15 minutes walk to the marina, to the harbor, and to leave town. The quaint little town at the gateway to Lofoten Islands, a gorgeous spot popular with visitor and locals alike, exists for its deep-water harbor used primarily to ship high quality iron ore from Sweden. While Narvik gets neither really cold nor hot, the mountains less than 20 miles inland frequently enjoy temperatures around minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
All of us at the GI wish the best for Petrich in his new endeavor.
Photo courtesy GI Outreach Office. Petrich (middle) receiving his commemorative coin from Roger Smith (right).