The President spoke to the Indian scientists working in the remote polar region via video-conference on Monday evening from the 'Fram Museum' in Oslo.
    
"Thank you sir. It's really cold here but it's an exciting place to work," an excited scientist told the President who is on a two-day state visit to Norway.
    
"The changes in Arctic region do have its impact Sir on climate in India as the melting glaciers raise the sea level which results in changes in the atmosphere," the scientist said.
    
Flanked by other four team members, the scientist said "cradle changes of drought mainly emerges from Arctic region."
    
Mukherjee appreciated the efforts made by them and said, "I am happy that you conduct your research in such a risky and hostile climate that you are not accustomed to".
    
Himadri station is at Ny-Alesund in Norway, which is the northern-most permanent human settlement, 1,200 kms from the North Pole.
    
India is the 11th country to have established a full-fledged research station here. The others are the UK, Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, South Korea, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.
    
As many as 200 scientists from various Indian universities have carried out research at Himadri, or 'the abode of snow', since 2008. At any given time, there are five scientists working at the station with a stay for a maximum of 175 days from March to November.
    
At present there are 25 Indian projects being undertaken at Himadri which include research in microbiology and glaciology as India believes that the Arctic and the higher latitudes is where the drivers of climate are.

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