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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Gas hydrate stability and geology linked with the occurrence of flares and pockmarks in the Svalbard fjords

While natural gas hydrates (NGH) in the off-shore provinces of Vestnesa Ridge on the continental slope west of Svalbard and Prinz Karl Forland are extensively studied, near-shore NGH potential in Svalbard fjords is poorly constrained. It is crucial to understand and estimate the presence of near-...

Awarded: NOK 80,000

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Historic changes in diversity, abundance, and biomass of seaweed-associated fauna in Svalbard, RIS ID 11621

Global warming has been accelerating recently and shows especially strong impact in the Arctic. The resulting changes of the abiotic environment may challenge the structure and/or functioning of ecosystems. We aim at quantifying whether and, if so, by how much the abundance, biomass, and diversit...

Awarded: NOK 46,232

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

STudies of environmental footprint in Brøggerdalen After Rocket launching in Ny-Ålesund RiS-ID: 11599

This Arctic Field Grant will cover essential fieldwork in RIS-ID project 11599 connected to my master project within the international master program in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry at Department of Chemistry NTNU. Main goal is to study the potential impact of the recent rocket launchin...

Awarded: NOK 29,023

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Glaciofluvial Microplastic Deposition (GMP), RiS-ID 11417

This project aims to quantify microplastic pollution (concentration, type, form) across several environmental matrices (snow, riverine sediments, marine sediments) in a populated Arctic catchment. It is a multi-year project examining year-on-year change at select stations, and how plastic debris ...

Awarded: NOK 44,095

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Teenagers without land: Offspring of economic migrants to Svalbard in an overheated world

There are tens of children living in the Norwegian settlement of Longyearbyen, Svalbard, who joined their parents migrating mostly for economic reasons to the high Arctic from Thailand, the Philippines and other places in the global South. Some of them stay long, become fluent in Norwegian and ca...

Awarded: NOK 60,691

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Arctic Pingos: microbial hotspots in the cold (APPOINTED)

Arctic regions are climate sensitive and effect of change in temperature can be observed easily due to melting of ice, glacier retreat and permafrost thaws. Microorganisms are highly abundant and active in Arctic ecosystems whereas, they are the first responders for climate change crises and are...

Awarded: NOK 58,000

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Field based oil depletion processes in temperate and Arctic seawater

Oil spill preparedness is an important part in the treatment of accidental oil spills. Computer models are used to estimate the fate of the oil and help to decide for the most appropriate action. However, these models lack of field data to make their estimations more precise. Especially natural d...

Awarded: NOK 26,264

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Predicting population dynamics in Arctic breeding barnacle geese under future climate change scenarios

The aim of this msc is to predict population dynamics under likely future climate change scenarios, and under changing trophic interactions. My main source of data, in addition to existing climate scenarios from the breeding and overwintering grounds, is mark-recapture data from the population of...

Awarded: NOK 81,000

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Diurnal and seasonal rhythmicity of hormones and behaviour in arctic-breeding barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis). RiS ID 11237.

Endogenous biological clocks are important for animals, as they regulate rhythmic biochemical, physiological and behavioural processes, which can be expressed daily or seasonally. Biological clocks function through the excretion of hormones and are entrained by external cues, such as the light-da...

Awarded: NOK 79,063

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Analysing the Population Structure of Arctic Waders through Genome Resequencing RiS ID: 11644

Arctic-breeding shorebirds appear to be declining at a faster rate than elsewhere in the world, a trend attributed to recent climate change (Meltofte et al., 2007; Kubelka et al., 2018). To predict how significant such population changes are, we require knowledge of how these populations have rea...

Awarded: NOK 69,000

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Re-visiting the Barrovian metamorphic rocks of the Isbjørnhamna Group and equivalents (Wedel Jarlsberg Land and Sørkapp Land), RiS ID 11651

In this project, I am trying to define the tectonometamorphic evolution of the Isbjørnhamna Group and equivalent units in SW Svalbard using modern geothermobarometric and geochronological methods. The hypothesis is that the southern Wedel Jarlsberg Land is an example of a metamorphic core complex...

Awarded: NOK 73,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Temporal and spatial variation of the benthic microbial community in the Adventelva Delta, RiS ID 11595

The climate is changing more rapidly in the Arctic than in most areas of the planet. The combination of thawing permafrost, melting glaciers, and changes in patterns of precipitation and vegetation are causing increased inputs of freshwater with organic material, sediments, and nutrients from ter...

Awarded: NOK 79,815

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Monitoring of the Longyearelva catchment system and the influence of permafrost degradation in moraines through climate change, RiS ID 11641

This project will continue the monitoring of hydrological processes and sediment transport in Longyearelva from 2020 by Martin Løvaas and expand to investigations further upstream towards the glaciers. Techniques including drone photography, sediment sampling, and river-gauging stations will be u...

Awarded: NOK 30,181

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

FEATURE DETECTION IN GLACIAL CHANNELS USING MACHINE LEARNING, RIS ID 11603

For my master thesis I will be using machine learning for detecting morphological features to improve geometric reconstructions of glacial channels based on data collected from drifters. The data will be gathered from channels on the Kongsvegen glacier during a field campaign in 2021. There are t...

Awarded: NOK 83,092

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Investigation of connections between diet change and environmental pollutants in black-legged kittiwake in Kongsfjorden, RiS ID 11573

In my master's thesis I will look at timeseries of levels of pollutants and timeseries of diet-samples from black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) from Kongsfjorden. I will investigate if the observed shift in diet for the kittiwakes, from Arctic to Atlantic species, has an affect on contamin...

Awarded: NOK 36,289

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Analysis of heavy metals and nutrients in lake water and inlet and outlet streams of Lake Sarsvatnet, Ny-Ålesund (RiS-ID: 11627)

This AFG-project involves sampling activity for my master thesis with the aim to collect water samples from Sarsvatnet (Ny-Ålesund area) and surrouding streams to study the contribution of long-range pollutants to a limnic environment close to a glacial system. For the past several decades, the t...

Awarded: NOK 26,751

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Viken

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

GOT_SURGE: GNSS observations of the developing surge on Kongsvegen

In the coming century, dynamic ice loss from glaciers and ice sheets likely will represent the largest contribution to global sea level rise. Sudden changes in dynamic behavior (of which surging is an extreme end member) still are poorly understood. One of the reasons why glaciologists have been ...

Awarded: NOK 78,532

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Snow bunting reproduction in a changing environment: effects of altered predation rates versus earlier spring onset (RiS ID 11613)

This project focuses on the effects of, and potential interplay between, advanced timing of spring onset and changes in predation pressure by the Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) on breeding dates and reproductive success of snow buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) in Adventdalen. Spring onset and early ...

Awarded: NOK 47,720

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Photophysiological responses of sea ice algae to changes in salinity (PRS)

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is rapidly changing and its surface waters are expected to freshen due to climate warming. This is likely to affect the algal communities living within it, with uncertain consequences for the Arctic marine ecosystem its biogeochemistry. The PRS project will assess the ...

Awarded: NOK 79,982

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Monitoring of the Longyearelva river and river delta focusing on the potential effects of climate change, Svalbard. RiS ID: 11641

The aim of this project is to continue investigating and monitoring the hydro- and geological system and the dynamical changes of Longyearelva, Svalbard. It is a continuation of the 2020 project “Sediment Erosion and Transport in the Longyearelva catchment system, Svalbard” by Martin Løvaas, NTNU...

Awarded: NOK 30,187

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Investigating the impact of mechanical stratigraphy on fracture network connectedness (RIS ID: 11585)

This project aims to investigate the presence and distribution of rock fracturing in surface outcrop of the reservoir formations of the Longyearbyen CO2 Lab. By studying the fracturing directly in this rock we will gain insight into two key scientific questions: 1) How are the tectonic processes...

Awarded: NOK 54,302

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Channelling in Adventdalen, RiS ID 11606

This study investigates the wind climate in Adventdalen and Adventfjorden by identifying connections between the above-valley (large-scale) wind and the within-valley wind, both on a climatological scale and for detailed case studies. For the climatological approach, the combined wind density dis...

Awarded: NOK 21,250

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Methane cycling in Arctic and Subarctic lake sediments

This is the main field campaign within my PhD project on methane cycling processes in Arctic lacustrine sediments. I will join the PolarCH4ives and UiB field campaign and will collect lake sediment cores from 5 lakes in the Femmilsjøen area to investigate methane production and consumption over t...

Awarded: NOK 67,718

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

MICRONESIA SMall mICROplastics in sNow and aErosol in Svalbard IslAnds Ris ID: 11590

The aim of the project is the quantification and chemical identification of SMPs in Svalbard Islands to better comprehend their transport and pathways through the atmospheric compartment. The role of SMPs global long-scale transport and potential sources in this remote and sensitive polar area wi...

Awarded: NOK 77,446

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Automotive Lidar based EXploration of glacIer Caves, RiS ID 11600

The goal of ALEXIC is to thoroughly test our newly developed sensor box including the automotive lidar Ouster OS1-64 in an Arctic environment in order to assess the potential of recently emerging automotive lidar technology for several geophysical applications in the Arctic. We want to investigat...

Awarded: NOK 42,651

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

LOng-Range transport of pollutants to Arctic area by Seabirds RiS-ID: 11631

This AFG project (RIS-ID 11631) involves sampling connected to my master thesis dealing with migratory seabirds as potential source for long-range transport of pollutants to the arctic environment beeing a part of a larger research activity at Department of Chemistry NTNU. Migratory seabirds have...

Awarded: NOK 36,166

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Assessment of Endocrine effects of POPs and heavy metals on an Arctic char population in the Arctic Lake Diesetvatnet RiS-ID: 11617

This AFG project (RIS-ID 11617) involves sampling activity for my master thesis dealing with endocrine disruptive effects on Arctic char. Among the pollutants that will be investigated are a selection of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and some heavy metals such as mercury (Hg), arsenic (As)...

Awarded: NOK 45,344

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Interactive Field Experiences with an Augmented Smart Table (IFEAST), RiS ID 11596

IFEAST will create a dynamic and user-proof presentation device for researchers, students and others to create interactive field experiences with an augmented smart table. New photogrammetry data will be used to create digital outrop models and 360 degree images of important geoscientific sites. ...

Awarded: NOK 50,000

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Sedimentary facies analysis and architecture of alluvial fan systems within rift basin, Billefjorden Trough, Svalbard

A field campaign in summer 2021 aiming at collection of data which will result in sedimentary logs, geological sketches, measurements of orientation of bedding and records of paleo-transport indicators from three different study sites: in the area of Petuniabukta, Pyramiden and Lykteneset. Additi...

Awarded: NOK 61,080

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Multispectral analysis of the vegetation in "cadaver decomposition island" from reindeer on Svalbard – can drones be used to detect cadaver?

This project will study how the vegetation changes in and around the "cadaver decomposition island" (CDI), in relation to areas without cadaver decomposition. During the decomposition process, the area where the carcass is located will consist of bare soil, while the vegetation around the carcass...

Awarded: NOK 36,119

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Nordland - Nordlánnda