Known as the doomsday vault The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is designed to be the last resort for crops if the worst happen and a disaster decimate crops around the world. But before the worst could happen there has already been a breach. floodwater from surrounding permafrost that melted after the hottest year on record. No damage was done but the security of the vault is in question.
The doomsday vault is situated at the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen in the Svalbard archipelago. Its built into a mountain. It’s 800 miles away from the North Pole. When the vault opened back in 2008 the surrounding permafrost and stable tectonics made the location ideal for the vault to be built there. But only less than a decade later the environmental change is already taking its toll on the vault. It now feels compromised that the seeds can remain secure.When light snow was expected the island saw temperatures seven degrees Celsius or 12 degrees Fahrenheit higher than normal, leading to rain and melted ice.
the Norwegian government’s Hege Njaa Aschim told The Guardian that,“It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that.“
Cary Fowler, former executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust that created the vault said that While there may be some tweaking needed to keep the entryway accessible, the vault itself should remain a safe haven.
So do you think the vault is compromised or it will remain safe?