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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

An Arctic Coastal Biodiversity Observation Network (ARC-BON) development workshop

På grunn av intensiv klimaoppvarming eroderes de arktiske kystene raskt, og avrenningen fra isbreer og elver øker. Virkninger av klimaendringer på land og i havet kombineres i kystsonen og resulterer i et komplekst og raskt skiftende miljø. Virkningene av denne endringen på kystens biologiske man...

Awarded: NOK 0.25 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2025

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Investigating Spatial and Temporal Variability in Dust Deposition onto Svalbard Glaciers

Målet med dette prosjektet er å gi viktig informasjon om mineralstøvavsetning på isbreer på Svalbard, hvor konsistent støvavsetningen er over Svalbard, og hvilken rolle støv og andre lysabsorberende partikler har på snø og bresmelting. I løpet av vinter-vår 2025 vil vi samle ~10 m dype firn kjer...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2026

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Autonomous long-range under-ice missions for light and water column characterisation

Arktisk underiseksplorering med autonome glidere Et internasjonalt team har som mål å revolusjonere studier av fjerne arktiske underismiljøer ved å bruke autonome undervannskjøretøy kalt hybridglidere. Ettersom havisen minker på grunn av klimaendringer, står økosystemene under isen overfor nye ut...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2025

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The role of energy budget in a changing world: Are forecasts missing an important aspect for Arctic insects?

The ongoing climatic changes will have undisputable effects on biodiversity and ecosystems. For small ectotherms (e.g. insects) the current state-of-the-art focusses on physiological performances (often measured as critical thermal limits), warming tolerance (resilience) and phenotypic and evolut...

Awarded: NOK 0.12 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

From winter time to summer time – what ends the "hunger gap" for Svalbard reindeer?

The term "hunger gap" (no: “vårknipa”) traditionally used in agricultural communities, refers to the period at the end of winter when winter provisions are depleting, yet the growing season has not yet started. In contemporary usage, the term also describes the food situation for wild animals, wh...

Awarded: NOK 58,999

Project Period: 2024-2025

Location: Akershus

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Shallow waters around Svalbard as nursery areas for fish stocks and an index of environmental changes

Arktis opplever stigende vanntemperaturer over tid, noe som fører til en nordover vandring av atlantiske arter til arktiske farvann. Vil de grunne kystnære sjøområdene på Svalbard bli viktigere som oppvekstområder for de kommersielle fiskebestandene i fremtiden? Det er dette prosjektet ønsker å f...

Awarded: NOK 0.25 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2025

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

SVALCLIME - Deep-time Arctic climate archives

Svalbards bergarter registrerer jordens historie over mange millioner år og kan informere oss om hvordan klimaet endret seg tidligere. Disse inkluderer noen av verdens store masseutryddelser, som den som skjedde for rundt 252 millioner år siden på slutten av permperioden, den største masseutrydde...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2026

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Unravelling diversity and abundance of freshwater fish in Svalbard through molecular-based monitoring

Alle levende organismer avgir DNA- og RNA-spor i miljøet, for eksempel fra hud, hår, egg, blod eller slim. I akvatiske habitater er det mulig å samle inn disse sporene gjennom vannprøver, og brukes for å identifisere alle arter som lever der. Også kalt miljø-DNA (eDNA) og RNA (eRNA) basert overvå...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2026

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Characterising geogenic nitrate source areas in Adventdalen

There has been great emphasis on quantifying the release of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane from melting permafrost. However, research on links between melting glaciers and permafrost and nitrogen release has been limited, despite its potential as a direct or indirect greenhou...

Awarded: NOK 78,999

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Breeding phenology of Svalbard snow buntings in relation to arthropod abundance

In my master thesis, I will investigate the reproductive success of a Svalbard breeding population of the snow bunting Plectrophenax nivalis in relation to food abundance. The snow bunting is the world’s northernmost breeding passerine species. Assessing how species like the snow bunting are able...

Awarded: NOK 75,999

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Svalbard Research Integration for Data and Environmental Modelling

Hva er det store konseptet? Vårt prosjekt stimulerer samarbeid for å forbedre vår forståelse av miljøet i Arktis, med fokus på Isfjorden-regionen. Ved å forene ekspertisene til flere organisasjoner (NIVA, UNIS og SIOS), forbereder vi felles overvåkingsdatasett - fra elvestasjoner til havbøyer og ...

Awarded: NOK 0.24 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2025

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Intertidal ecosystem response to an increasingly ice-free Arctic

Warming temperatures and a reduction of sea-ice scour opens the Arctic intertidal as habitat for colonization by both seaweeds and marine invertebrates. Indeed, large increases in the biomass of seaweeds and invertebrates on Arctic coasts have already been documented in the past decades and are p...

Awarded: NOK 0.12 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Mercury dynamics in Arctic fjord marine food webs

Marine chemical pollution poses known threats to human health and to biodiversity, ecosystem and societal services. The Arctic region is a major sink of global mercury (Hg) pollution. Arctic sediments, sea and glacial ice constitute vast Hg reservoirs. Recent studies raise concerns about their ...

Awarded: NOK 0.12 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Wastewater Management in the Arctic – search for synergies in pan-Arctic perspectives for sustainable development of Arctic settlements.

SINTEF, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet og Universitetet i Århus (DK), vil arrangere et to-dagers arbeidsverksted i Longyearbyen, Svalbard, høsten 2024, med tema strategier for håndtering av avløpsvann i Arktis. Arbeidsverkstedet vil samle nasjonale og internasjonale forskere, myndigheter, frivilli...

Awarded: NOK 0.25 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2025

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Kongsfjorden System Flagship: Working together to understand an Arctic sentinel fjord

Kongsfjorden, på den vestlige kysten av Svalbard, er en vokter av klimaendringer i Arktis, med oppvarming som skjer raskere enn de fleste steder på jorden. Forskere har studert ulike deler av økosystemet i tiår, blant annet havtemperatur, vannkjemi, sjøis, plante- og dyreplankton, sel og sjøfugl....

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2026

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Drone surveys of ice associated seals hauled out on sea-ice during the moulting period (part of ARK)

The most recent population survey of Arctic ringed seals conducted in Svalbard was in 2003. Over the past 5 years, the Norwegian Polar Institute has been developing the techniques, methodologies and field competence to survey marine mammals using UAV. In 2023 a full-scale survey of all ice-cover...

Awarded: NOK 96,999

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Investigation of the mercury cycle in the Arctic snowpack for model development (ris id: 12321)

The aim of this project is to investigate the processes involving mercury (Hg) at the snow-air interface in the polar regions. The dynamic exchange of Hg between the snow surface and the overlaying atmosphere in polar regions is not fully understood and not yet constrained into the one-dimensiona...

Awarded: NOK 0.11 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Hornsund’s and Storfjorden DOM Data Acquisition Campaign and Virtual Field Guide Development for Educational Research. RiS ID - 12339

This project aim to perform a systematic digitalization of eastern Spitsbergen coast, due to its excellent cretaceous sediments' exposures, and western Barentsøya-Edgeøya for their important HALIP exposures. Collecting these types of data from Hornsund’s and Storfjorden’s surroundings can provid...

Awarded: NOK 0.12 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The transition from ductile to brittle deformation in pre-Devonian basement of the Billefjorden Fault Zone, Svalbard (RiS: 12317)

The Billefjorden Fault Zone (BFZ) is a N-S striking regional-scale long-lived lineament cropping out in central Spitsbergen. This lineament exposes multi-deformational evolution that initiated with ductile deformation preserved in the metamorphic basement. Following several phases of brittle def...

Awarded: NOK 0.12 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

DyNAflow: Colonisation dynamics of Arctic endemics across glacial landscapes

Warming in the Arctic is causing glacial retreat, which exposes deglaciated terrains to biotic colonisation. Ecological studies can provide insights into the local processes (microclimate, biotic interactions) driving the development of soil communities after glacier retreat. However, community d...

Awarded: NOK 0.10 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Arctic marine mammals in a time of climate change: a Kongsfjorden Case Study. RiS ID: 11501

The fieldwork is a component of the NFR ARK (Arktisk Klima forandring Konsekvenser) project, which focuses on impacts of global warming on Arctic endemic marine mammals. The project is using a “case-study” approach based on the Kongsfjorden-Krossfjorden ecosystem, where the objective to examine h...

Awarded: NOK 0.11 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Linking past and present surge dynamics at Borebreen from drone surveys

Svalbard has a high density of surging glaciers – marine and terrestrial glaciers which undergo cyclical changes between fast (active) and slow (quiescence) flow. During the active phase, ice discharge accelerates and mass loss increases which significantly impacts glacier mass balance. However, ...

Awarded: NOK 79,999

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Akershus

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Geomorphology and process-interaction in previous and present climate as exemplified by Bjørndalen, Svalbard (RiS 12312)

This M.Sc. thesis project has a primary objective of mapping the geomorphology of Bjørndalen, Svalbard, to contribute to our understanding of this unique Arctic valley system. The research aims to characterize the long-term and short-term geomorphologic processes shaping the valley and analyze ho...

Awarded: NOK 54,999

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Microbial communities in ice over methane sources: a comparative study. RiS ID: 10341

The fieldwork is an integral part of my PhD project, which aims at understanding the microbiological role of the ice forming above Arctic emerged cold seeps in mitigating methane release. This fieldwork project includes sampling both terrestrial pingos in Svalbard (of which Lagoon Pingo, Adventda...

Awarded: NOK 64,999

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Human performance in the cold, RiS ID 12375

The purpose of the project is to verify the performance effect of the newly developed field rations, Energon Arctic Field rations (EAF) by EnergonX and its consortium, both the food content, but also packaging, which will potentially reduce waste by 70% in the Norwegian Armed Forces and offer nut...

Awarded: NOK 94,999

Project Period: 2024-2025

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Alternative life-history and thermoregulation strategies in the Svalbard reindeer and the implications for population dynamics

With the Arctic warming nearly four times faster than the rest of the globe (Rantanen et al., 2022), resilience of Arctic ecosystems and population dynamics of Arctic species are raising concern among scientists. Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) is an ideal species to study the...

Awarded: NOK 67,999

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Akershus

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Sustainability for cultural heritage – cultural heritage for sustainability. Interdisciplinary field research at Kvitøya

The project is an interdisciplinary collaboration involving NIKU, Luleå University of Technology, Karolinska Institute, Svalbard Museum, and the Swedish National Heritage Boardaims. It aims to explore and document archaeological source material, as well as register and document the cultural envir...

Awarded: NOK 0.12 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2025

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Hiding in the shadows: effects of environmental stressors on male calanoid copepods - An insider's view

Polar ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to effects caused by environmental stressors of anthropogenic origin, such as ocean acidification (OA) and ocean warming (OW), both of which are disproportionally affecting the Arctic region. Calanoid copepods of the genus Calanus are key species in th...

Awarded: NOK 0.12 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2025

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Chemical composition and conditions of cryoconite hole water and melting channels on glaciers with runoff to the Kongsfjorden System

Main objective of this project is a detailed analysis of snow and supraglacial meltwater, including potential alterations in the transition of supraglacial snow to water, as well as potential alterations in the transition of water in isolated to connected cryoconite holes to meltwater channels. C...

Awarded: NOK 31,999

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The importance of observation error in reindeer population modelling (RiS ID 12376)

My project explores the intricate dynamics of Svalbard reindeer (R. t. platyrhynchus) populations in response to rapid climate change. Through fieldwork, including paired observations of various populations based in Reindalen, Adventdalen, and Ny-Ålesund, I aim to investigate the nuanced impacts ...

Awarded: NOK 95,999

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage