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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Spatiotemporal patterns in vegetation and reindeer dynamics: the importance of long-term and large scale climate fluctuations.

My Phd aims to understand how large-scale climatic patterns control long-term dynamics of vegetation and reindeer in Svalbard. The terrestrial climate, which shapes plant and animal fluctuations, is linked to sea-ice cover and regional climate proxies. Understanding the underlying role of such la...

Awarded: NOK 76,981

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Snow Drift and Avalanche Hazard in the high-arctic maritime snow climate of Svalbard, Norway; RiS ID 10057

This project aims to understand and characterize the redistribution and movement of snow drift in the unique high-arctic maritime snow climate of Svalbard, Norway and its associated effects on avalanche activity on the island while also developing a plan for passive snow mitigation strategies for...

Awarded: NOK 23,016

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Levels of POPs and Hg and potential effects on progesterone levels in breeding glaucous gulls (Larus hyperboreus) at Kongsfjorden, Svalbard

Breeding glaucous gulls, between 20-30 individuals, will be captured during a four week period of field work (May-June, 2015) in Kongsfjorden on the west coast of Spitsbergen, with a base in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. The birds will be captured using an automatic trigger nest trap that will capture th...

Awarded: NOK 29,173

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Holocene history of Svalbard ice caps and glaciers: geomorphological mapping of the forefield of Nordenskiöldbreen, RiS ID 10122

A better understanding of the Svalbard glaciers advance and retreat during the Holocene can be used as an analogue for a warming climate. A holistic approach will be taken focusing on Nordenskiöldbreen, Billefjorden, where surveys of high-resolution swath bathymetry and terrestrial archives will ...

Awarded: NOK 18,635

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Disentangling weathering processes and rates and their response to climate change in the Arctic (RiS 10010)

Rock weathering is one of the main drivers of landscape development. It is highly susceptible to environmental changes such as temperature fluctuations, moisture availability (e.g. through precipitation and groundwater) and land cover changes such as glacial retreat. In addition, it is responsibl...

Awarded: NOK 48,265

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Glacial dynamics of the fjords on the east coast of Spitsbergen inferred from submarine morphology and marine sediment cores

The environmental conditions of west and east Svalbard are very different in terms of weather, sea ice, climate and most likely also in terms of glacial/deglacial history. The glacial history of the fjords on western Svalbard has been relatively well studied, but the glacial history of the fjords...

Awarded: NOK 24,853

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

FACIES DEVELOPMENT IN THE DE GEERDALEN FORMATION AND THE TRANSITION TO THE WILHELMØYA SUBGROUP, EASTERN SPITSBERGEN (RiS ID:10115)

The aim of this project is to conduct sedimentological and stratigraphical field studies of the Late-Triassic strata of eastern Spitsbergen in the region of NW Storfjorden. This will be done in order to gain a better understanding of facies devolopment in the upper parts of the De Geerdalen Forma...

Awarded: NOK 40,999

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Mercury speciation and aerosol properties at Svalbard (RIS-ID nr.10073)

Mercury is a major pollutant in the Arctic, and due to atmospheric mercury depletion events(AMDEs), unreactive elemental mercury will be oxidized to reactive species which may be more dangerous to the environment. The removal of mercury from the atmosphere is intimately related to the size and ch...

Awarded: NOK 25,999

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Response of arctic bivalves to climate-induced changes in Kongsfjorden, RIS ID:10118

Individuals of the bivalve Astarte borealis (Schumacher, 1817) were marked and released in an enclosed area in 2012 and will be re-collected in September 2015. After thats, morphological analyses, as well as high-resolution samplings of shell carbonate by means of a MicroMill sampler for subseque...

Awarded: NOK 2,199

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Arctic climate change and Pollination, RiS number 6577

Insects and plants may respond to climate change factors in different ways, causing the close associations between them to become disrupted, or even decoupled, subsequently affecting ecological communities, processes and functions. However, interactions between plants and pollinators are rarely c...

Awarded: NOK 76,619

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Salix polaris radial growth responses to 11-years of warming experiment in Adventdalen (central Spitsbergen)

Dwarf shrubs are the northernmost woody plants living under extremely harsh conditions and thus their growth is expected to be extremely sensitive and responsive to even slight changes in climate. The study of how shrubs annual growth respond to changes in the climatic conditions can supply relev...

Awarded: NOK 42,547

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Geochemical exploration of submarine seeps in Grønfjorden, Svalbard. RiS ID 10080

Submarine pockmarks are widespread features on continental margins and represent potential pathways for large quantities of a strong greenhouse gas, methane, escaping from subsurface sediments. Pockmarks in southern and northern Grønfjorden, Svalbard have been described previously by Forwick et a...

Awarded: NOK 24,660

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Melatonin and polar lighting effects on an arctic living fossil (Lepidurus arcticus) RIS-ID 10011

The overall aim of this project is to characterise circadian organisation in a polar invertebrate Lepidurus arcticus. Although the existience of circadian clocks is accepted as ubiquitous feature of life, and their physiological mechanisms are becoming well understood, the role of circadian clock...

Awarded: NOK 63,849

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Quaternary mapping of Blomstrandhalvøya, elcudiating glacial geomorphology and chronology, RIS ID 10081

Cosmogenic nuclide dating of glacial erratics on Blomstrandhalvøya, North west Spitsbergen. The project also involves detailed Quaternary mapping of the island, in order to give context to the interpretation of Cosmogenic ages, and the overall rate and magnitude of deglaciation in Kongsfjorden fo...

Awarded: NOK 48,999

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Probing the Atmospheric Surface Layer during the Arctic Night: The role of Turbulent Structures

My master thesis investigates the role of turbulent fluxes in the surface energy balance over land during the Arctic night. The project combines results from a previous measurement campaign in the Bayelva catchment near Ny-Ålesund with state of the art turbulence modelling. The goal is to investi...

Awarded: NOK 39,723

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

DNA damage in arctic avian predators: baseline, sensitivity to damage and association to contaminant exposure. RiS ID: 10093

This master project is an associated part of the AVITOX research project (RiS ID: 6818) investigating persistent pollutants in avian top predators in the Arctic. AVITOX aims to "generate new knowledge about anthropogenic impacts on marine ecosystems", Individuals of common eider, black-legged kit...

Awarded: NOK 59,468

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Physiological responses in Papaver dahlianum after a short-term heat shock in situ, RiS ID: 10077

Increasing the ambient air temperature around an individual Papaver dahlianum plant for 30 minutes in the field at Svalbard and measuring the gas-exchange, photosynthetic efficiency and heat stress related metabolites during and after the temperature treatment, can give us insight to how arctic p...

Awarded: NOK 9,228

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Comparative analysis of human impact on the environment in Arctic settlements Longyearbyen and Barentsburg (Svalbard)

Longyearbyen and Barentsburg are exclusive examples of settlements with industrial development in the Arctic. Above all it is two existing coal mining centers. The research is devoted to evaluating of environmental impact from coal mining industry on the Arctic landscapes in Longyearbyen and Bare...

Awarded: NOK 33,999

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Study of mercury and natural organic matter in Arctic soil, RIS ID 10120

The goal for this project is to collect soil and water samples in the catchment area of Adventselva close to Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Samples is planned to be collected during summer / autumn 2015. Intention is to make available quantitative information on mercury in the soil samples as well as qu...

Awarded: NOK 28,999

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

RiS#3689 Monitoring seabirds in Kongsfjorden.

Genotoxic effects of persistent organic pollutants and oil components in egg from common eider (Somateria mollissima) and glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus). 14 days field work in Kongsfjorden collecting common eider eggs. The eggs will be used for chemical analysis of parent and metabolites of p...

Awarded: NOK 19,389

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Combined sedimentology and permafrost studies of two high-Arctic valleys: Adventdalen and Sassendalen, Svalbard, Ris ID 10103

This project aims to develop an environmental reconstruction of permafrost and sedimentary conditions in both Adventdalen and Sassendalen. This will be determined using cryostratigraphic and sedimentary evidence from cores obtained from various locations in the valley bottoms. Results of these ...

Awarded: NOK 54,999

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Determine the snow cover distribution of a High Arctic area using UAV, digital photogrammetry and numerical simulation (Sub-project 1)

This project aims at combining different methods to determine the depth distribution and characteristics of the snow cover of a High Arctic area by mean of UAV, digital photogrammetry and numerical modellling. The success of this technology in High Arctic region could lead to simple, affordable a...

Awarded: NOK 33,175

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Effects of summer and winter warming on CO2 efflux in high Arctic tundra, RiS ID 10116

The main goal of this project is to understand ecosystem C balance with summer and winter warming in Arctic tundra ecosystem by observations of ecosystem CO2 fluxes. I will collaborate with ongoing ITEX projects along with the developer of new soil efflux techniques to conduct continuous observat...

Awarded: NOK 40,022

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Speleological investigation of englacial structures found in Svalbard polythermal glaciers, RiS ID 10061

This study aims to employ speleological techniques to directly observed englacial structures in polythermal glaciers, an approach that has several distinct advantages over surface and borehole structural investigations. Meltwater conduits incise into an ice mass creating vertical sections that ac...

Awarded: NOK 18,231

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Genotoxic effects in relation to POPs in three species of sea birds, glaucous gull, kittiwake and common eider in Kongsfjord

Genotoxic effects in relation to persistant organic pollutants, both parent compounds and metabolites, in three species of sea birds, glaucous gull, kittiwake and common eider in Kongsfjorden. Six weeks of field work collecting blood samples for three species to be used for chemical analysis of ...

Awarded: NOK 47,999

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Glacier velocity and strain rates on Holtedahlfonna, and the influence of melt-water input, RiS ID 10089

The project aims to determine how variation in the basal hydrology system influence the glacier velocity and strain rates on Holtedahlfonna. By using high precision measurements from two or more permanent GNSS-stations on the glacier, together with meteorological data and a melt model, we not onl...

Awarded: NOK 78,999

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

TECTONOSTRATIGRAPHY OF THE CALEDONIAN BASEMENT OF MOSSELHALVØYA (NY FRIESLAND). RiS ID: 10101

This project is dedicated for fieldwork in the Caledonides of northern Svalbard. Main emphasis will be given to the metasedimentary rocks of the Planetfjella Group and ultramafic rocks occurring within the Atomfjella Complex in Ny Frieslan. The Planetfjella Group forms the uppermost tectonostrati...

Awarded: NOK 23,964

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Arthropod phenology and how it can affect the arctic snow bunting's reproductive success in relation to climate change, RiS ID 10112

I will study the phenological match-mismatch between food resources and onset of breeding in the Arctic terrestrial environment and how climate change can affect this relationship. To accomplish this, I will use the snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) breeding in Svalbard as a model species. It ...

Awarded: NOK 40,199

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Determine the snow cover distribution of a High Arctic area using UAV, digital photogrammetry and numerical simulation (sub-project 3).

This project aims at combining different methods to determine the depth distribution and characteristics of the snow cover of a High Arctic area by mean of UAV, digital photogrammetry and numerical modellling. The success of this technology in High Arctic region could lead to simple, affordable a...

Awarded: NOK 39,559

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Svalbard

POLARPROG-Polarforskningsprogram

Integration of the New Lab Facility for Chemical Analyses in Barentsburg into International Cooperation in the Arctic

Miljølaboratoriet ved Universitetssenteret på Svalbard (UNIS) ble allerede etablert i 2005 som en integrert fasilitet i Forskningsparken, Longearbyen. UNIS miljølaboratorium er satt opp for organisk sporanalyse og metodeutvikling innen arktisk miljøforskning og for høyere utdanning. Laboratoriet ...

Awarded: NOK 1.2 mill.

Project Period: 2015-2019

Location: Akershus