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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Spatio-temporal habitat use of Svalbard reindeer (RiS ID 12152)

The planned research focuses on understanding the impacts of a changing climate on the spatial dynamics of Svalbard reindeer, a key species in Svalbard’s tundra ecosystem. While harvesting has historically been the primary stressor for Svalbard reindeer populations, climate change will likely be ...

Awarded: NOK 51,366

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Studie of birds As vectoR for inorganiC and organic conTaminants In ArctiC soil systems (RIS-ID 12129)

The main goal for this project is to study the role of birds as vectors for contaminants in Arctic soil systmes, and will include non-targeted screening of organic compounds as well as study of heavy metals and methylmercury in soil samples from bird rich areas to bring new knowledge to the field...

Awarded: NOK 40,316

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

ORganic and inOrganic pollUTants in High Arctic Wetlands and Moss samplEs

This AFG application is to cover fieldwork required for my master thesis project at NTNU with aim to study organic and inorganic pollutants in high Arctic wetlands and moss samples. Wetland areas as well as specific moss species have traditionally been used in studies of atmospheric deposited pol...

Awarded: NOK 27,304

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

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

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

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

A warmer future: how warming and increased herbivore pressure affect vegetation change in the High Arctic, RiS ID 10030

The International Tundra Experiment (ITEX) aims to study changes in vegetation by artificially warming the tundra using open-top chambers. On Svalbard, one experiment within this network is the long-term monitoring site in Endalen, encompassing both experimentally warmed and unwarmed plots as wel...

Awarded: NOK 52,626

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Response of the microfossil community to the Permo-Triassic climate crisis (RiS ID 12072)

The Permo-Triassic climate crisis caused the most catastrophic extinction of marine life, with an estimated species loss of 81-95% [1]. Several environmental changes have been hypothesised as extinction drivers, but their direct role in extinction is heavily debated, and the link to the fossil re...

Awarded: NOK 99,999

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Effect of ambient light on the protist community during Arctic polar night.

We are deeply interested in protist rhodopsin expression in various light treatments, and suspect that gene expression will vary greatly. Recent genomic analyses have revealed the presence of numerous rhodopsins in marine eukaryotes, and surprisingly, green and blue-light absorbing rhodopsins fr...

Awarded: NOK 79,374

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Identifying new marine productivity proxies, RiS ID: 12103

Marine productivity (MP) plays a crucial role in the Earth’s system by absorbing atmospheric CO2. In the Arctic, due to global warming and sea-ice reduction, MP has increased up to 50% over the last decades, suggesting that Arctic waters can become even more productive in the future, thus providi...

Awarded: NOK 93,577

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Magma-fault interactions in central Spitsberger. (RiS -ID:12138)

Investigating magma and fault interactions, mainly focusing on the Vinodden-Gipshuken areas. Main methods include field mapping, digital mapping, geochemistry and petrology on dolerites.

Awarded: NOK 60,513

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Effect of river runoff in phytoplankton blooms in Adventfjorden (ERiPA)

This project will focus on the effect river runoff has on the seasonal plankton bloom of an arctic fjord, using Adventfjorden, Svalbard as a model system. Water column sampling will be conducted every two weeks in the timeperiod April 2023-September 2023 at two stations; one marine (IsA time seri...

Awarded: NOK 86,958

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Investigating the active layer ice content and resulting thaw dynamics in Adventdalen. RiS ID 12143.

This M.Sc. thesis project aims at quantifying how well remotely sensed ground deformation captures the ice/water content of the active layer in different landforms/ground conditions. It will further be investigated if assimilating the remotely sensed ground deformation into the permafrost model C...

Awarded: NOK 50,556

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

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

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

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

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

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

Network For meteORologiCal Expertise in Svalbard

Numerous sectors in Svalbard, such as transportation, tourism, search and rescue operations and scientific fieldwork, are dependent on accurate and reliable weather predictions in high spatial and temporal resolution. The network project N-FORCES will meet this need by examining the feasibility o...

Awarded: NOK 0.37 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2024

Location: Oslo

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

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Mobilizing the power of eDNA metabarcoding to investigate Arctic aquatic community composition in Svalbard's fjords

Within the scope of this international research network, we aim to conduct an expedition in Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund harbours and neighbouring areas to collect eDNA from sediment, marine and freshwater samples, as well as plankton samples. Following eDNA extraction, high-throughput sequencing ...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2024

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Svalbard Warm Arctic Paleoclimate Laboratory – Providing High Arctic Palaeoclimate time series through research collaboration

The Paleocene – Eocene (66-33.9 mio years BP) geological record of Svalbard is a globally unique deep time paleoclimate archive. This time interval was a period of high atmospheric CO2 levels and a warm greenhouse climate and the best existing analogue for projected near future warming. This reco...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2022-2024

Location: Svalbard

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