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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Methylmercury and Total Mercury in Arctic Permafrost (RIS-ID: 12073)

As a student in the international master program in Environmental Toxicology and Environmental Chemistry at NTNU there is a formal study direction for Arctic research. Aim of this direction in the master program is to educate the future Arctic researchers, and the topics for master projects are d...

Awarded: NOK 5,319

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

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Timing and origin of Miocene flood volcanism on Spitsbergen: the Seidfjellet Formation revisited (RiS ID 12088)

Mantle-derived volcanism accompanied the Cenozoic lithosphere evolution of the NE Greenland and NW Barents Sea shelves during final separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is unclear, however, to what extent continental breakup was influenced by deep-sourced mantle plume...

Awarded: NOK 99,899

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Investigating mechanisms behind thermoregulation in Svalbard reindeer, RiS ID 12119

The aim of this study is to investigate cellular mechanisms underlying Svalbard reindeer's ability to lower their body temperature in winter to save energy. To achieve this, we will collect muscle and heart tissue from culled reindeer in October as part of a larger field campaign. These samples w...

Awarded: NOK 97,646

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Akershus

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Landscape architectural analysis of Longyearbyen's permafrost for the afterlife design of Mine #7, RiS ID: 12115

This project is a part of a master’s diploma which will propose a landscape architectural solution for the afterlife of Mine #7 in Svalbard. The design will be developed with a long-term perspective; considering the fluctuating conditions of thawing permafrost, as climate change impacts Longyearb...

Awarded: NOK 15,270

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Targeted sampling of zooplankton in Kongsfjorden, RiS ID 12141

The ecosystem in Kongsfjorden is affected by both Atlantic and Arctic water and the species distribution of zooplankton can change each year. Since zooplankton has an essential role at the base of the Arctic food web, their distribution and abundance can serve as an indicator of higher trophic sp...

Awarded: NOK 68,999

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Effect of heavy rainfall events on soil faunal communities and soil characteristics across Svalbard ecosystems - T-REX project -RiS ID 11968

Climate change will alter precipitation regimes. In a warming climate, precipitation across the Arctic will increase and become more variable. A larger proportion of precipitation will fall as rain rather than snow and extreme summer rainfall events are expected to occur more frequently. There is...

Awarded: NOK 35,587

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Effect of Extreme Rainfall on Soil Thermal Regime and Tundra Ecology across Landscape Gradients - RiS ID 11968

In a warming climate, precipitation across the Arctic will increase and become more variable and extreme summer rainfall events are expected to occur more frequently. There is little experimental evidence of the impacts of such rainfall extremes on Arctic ecosystems. In the intended project we wi...

Awarded: NOK 71,880

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Constraining the geometry of Diabasodden Suite sills using joint and fracture network properties

SillProx will develop and test a methodology for estimating the geometry of magmatic intrusions where obscured and/or eroded boundaries do not allow for standard visual methods.If proven succesful we envision this method being of great use to many researchers in the volcanological and igneous geo...

Awarded: NOK 99,625

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Impact of heavy rainfall events on forage quality and grazing dynamics of Svalbard herbivores.

In this project we will use an experimental setup on sites with different topographic positions to simulate heavy rainfall events in the early summer. We will measure the plant and moss composition and growth as well as active herbivory. This will be done on experimental plots as well as on contr...

Awarded: NOK 22,106

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Sediment methane variability in Arctic lakes

This project is part of my doctoral thesis. Northern lakes represent a globally significant source of atmospheric methane, powerful greenhouse gas that is predicted to increase with the accelerated warming in the Arctic. Yet, the effect of rapid warming on the fate of natural methane emissions in...

Awarded: NOK 52,871

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

STABILITY OF CULTURAL HERITAGE IN SVALBARD IN A GLOBAL WARMING RiS 12106

This MSc Thesis project is going to look at the stability of cultural heritage foundations and other infrastructures. The project is located in Svalbard as all study objects are physically located in Svalbard. The study objects are related to technical-industrial heritage and are the prioritised ...

Awarded: NOK 99,999

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Impact of fur lice on Arctic foxes

This is a pilot project that builds upon ongoing research at the Norwegian Polar Institute in which annual monitoring of the arctic fox population in Svalbard is being carried out. The project manager requires access to the trapped fox carcasses prior to skinning to take photos and to describe an...

Awarded: NOK 21,850

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Akershus

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The effects of warming climate on parasite-reindeer dynamics in the Arctic. RiS ID: 11856

Parasite and hence parasite-host interactions might change under changing abiotic conditions. A highly understudied but important factor in understanding host-parasite dynamics under a changing climate is how behaviour of parasites and hence contact with hosts could change under a changing climat...

Awarded: NOK 78,787

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Investigate behavioural responses to bioluminescence , RiS ID 12157

Bioluminescence, light produced by a chemical reaction within a living organism, has been found across a broad range of the major groups of organisms from bacteria and protists to zooplankton and fishes. There are many noted functions to bioluminescence including interspecies interaction such as ...

Awarded: NOK 35,568

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Resolving the Impact of Changing Arctic Precipitation on Svalbard Ice Mass Balance

The Arctic is warming at almost four times the mean global rate (Rantanen et al., 2022) and is becoming increasingly wetter: a trend that is predicted to continue as the Arctic Ocean becomes Atlantified, with rapid decline in sea-ice which is now at an all-time minimum (Bailey et al., 2021). Terr...

Awarded: NOK 99,999

Project Period: 2023-2025

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Extending the paleo perspective on future Arctic climate change

Climate in the Arctic is changing faster than anywhere else on our planet. This amplified transformation has far-reaching global consequences in the form of sea-level rise, ocean circulation perturbations, biodiversity loss, and changes in international shipping (as sea-ice retreats). Despite th...

Awarded: NOK 0.33 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2024

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The Timanian Orogeny in Northern Svalbard

The TONeS project aims at gathering world-leading experts affiliated to both national (UiO), international (McGill U., AGH, UWr, UU, NHM), and local research institutes in Svalbard (Polish Polar Station and NPI), and industry (Lundin Energy Norway) to accelerate the research momentum on the Timan...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2024

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

MARINE FUNGI ON JAN MAYEN (MFJM) - TAXONOMIC DIVERSITY AND NEW ANTIBACTERIAL SECONDARY METABOLITES

The proposed project (MFJM) aims to map the diversity and distribution of marine fungi on the remote Jan Mayen. Few studies have been performed on the island to map the diversity of fungi and none of these has reported occurrences of marine fungi. It is likely that the unique location host undesc...

Awarded: NOK 46,000

Project Period: 2022-2022

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

PIECEMEAL: Cracking the diet of the Svalbard reindeer by integrating old and modern tools

The Climate Ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra (COAT), a key component of the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS), is the main agent for monitoring the state of terrestrial ecosystem. However, the direct assessment of reindeer-plant interactions is still not part of the...

Awarded: NOK 0.49 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2024

Location: Akershus

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Deposition and Preservation of Carbonates in Tectonically Active Regimes (RiS ID: 11784).

Following the breakup of the Caledonian orogeny, Svalbard experienced extension and strike-slip tectonics forming a complex network of basement highs and sedimentary basins. Within geology it is important to have models of how uplift and subsidence around large-scale lineaments influences deposit...

Awarded: NOK 94,000

Project Period: 2022-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Early life exposure to mercury in kittiwakes breeding in Svalbard: A longitudinal study to reveal acquired levels and potential selection

The main objective of the project is to reveal the levels of the contaminants (Mercury, Hg) and where seabirds take up contaminants (spatial origin) during the first years of life. And, by using the longitudinal data- with repeated sampling within individuals from fledging (just before leaving th...

Awarded: NOK 38,986

Project Period: 2022-2023

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Light Absorbing Particles in Svalbard Snow: Black Carbon, Dust and Organics

The Arctic is warming at roughly twice the global rate, with warming particularly pronounced on Svalbard. Thus, Svalbard is particularly vulnerable to climate change, with reductions in snow, glaciers and sea ice, and an increase in precipitation falling as rain rather than snow. In addition to ...

Awarded: NOK 84,000

Project Period: 2022-2023

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Environmental correlates of spatial variation in snow bunting reproductive success

My project will focus on spatial and individual heterogeneity in reproductive success of snow buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis), and how such variation is linked to spatial environmental and microclimatic variation. For instance, rapid changes in timing of spring onset, and increased summer warmin...

Awarded: NOK 68,880

Project Period: 2022-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Arctic acoustic telemetry for fish and fisheries management in Svalbard

The Svalbard Telemetry Networking and Workshop is an effort to connect with stakeholders and users and develop the necessary preliminary steps towards a functional and scalable marine animal tracking infrastructure in the high Arctic. Acoustic telemetry has become one of the most important tools ...

Awarded: NOK 0.34 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2023

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The Future Svalbard Hydrological Monitoring Program

Norway is a member of the Arctic-Hydrological Cycle Observing System of the WMO, and hydrological data collected by NVE on Svalbard are the most northerly situated data series available . At the same time, a comprehensive report on Svalbard hydrology concludes that current long-term monitoring is...

Awarded: NOK 0.25 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2025

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Geochronology, geochemistry, and geometry of igneous intrusions at Wallenbergfjellet, Svalbard

The fieldwork in 2022 is a part of my PhD thesis, which aims to address some of the key knowledge gaps present about the High Arctic Large Igneous Province (HALIP) on Svalbard. The High Arctic Large Igneous Province is a prominent feature in the Arctic, with large volumes of magma erupted and emp...

Awarded: NOK 0.10 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

TRANSPORT VIA OCEAN CURRENTS OF HUMAN PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS AND THEIR IMPACT ON MARINE BIOTA IN THE EUROPEAN ARCTIC.

The increased use and large disposal volumes of pharmaceuticals in Europe has raised concern about their impacts in marine ecosystems. Though pharmaceuticals undergo degradation, some compounds can escape through sewage treatment and remain in the environment over time. The Arctic is particularl...

Awarded: NOK 80,000

Project Period: 2022-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Projects on Cultural Heritage in Svalbard – synergies, pan-Arctic perspectives, solving the pressing challenges, and sustainable development

The workshop will be dedicated to obtaining synergies between three ongoing projects on cultural heritage in Svalbard, to facilitation of placing findings of the projects in a pan-Arctic perspective, to discussing pressing philosophical and methodological issues in the domain of practical managem...

Awarded: NOK 0.18 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2023

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Coordinating efforts to establish distributed acoustic sensing for cryoseismological research in Svalbard

Cryoseismology is devoted to studying ground shaking occurring due to glacial and permafrost related processes. It intends to characterize mechanisms and temporal variations taking place in the shallow subsurface that is heavily affected by increasing temperatures, especially in the Arctic. SIOS ...

Awarded: NOK 0.19 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2023

Location: Akershus

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Harmonization and monitoring of pharmaceuticals and personal care product (PPCP) pollution in Svalbard

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) are priority chemicals of emerging arctic concern. The knowledge of sources and presence in the environment as well as their potential effects on arctic biota is vital to understand the significance of this treat for future governance. There are ...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2024

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage