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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Adaptation to environmental changes in the Arctic

Polar systems, and in particular the high Arctic have been identified as sensitive regions, in which the impacts of global climate change will primarily be manifested. Due to its location right at the interface of Arctic and Atlantic systems, the Kongsfjorden area is a crucial site of the detecti...

Awarded: NOK 0.16 mill.

Project Period: 2016-2017

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

PassNet: Establishing an aquatic passive sampling network for the Svalbard

Passive sampling is a robust monitoring tool for trace contaminants in aquatic environment that has real potential for implementation worldwide. The present project aims to create a network for aquatic passive sampling specifically focused on the Svalbard region. In a first instance, the objectiv...

Awarded: NOK 0.40 mill.

Project Period: 2016-2017

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The CalvingSEIS experiment

Når vi ser bort ifra Grønland og Antarktis, så kalver ca. 40 % av alle verdens isbreer. Denne dynamiske masseoverføringen fra isbre til hav er spesielt sensitiv til klima gjennom feedback-prosesser. I dagens bremodeller er det vanskelig å forutse realistisk istap relatert til brekalving. Dette er...

Awarded: NOK 0.40 mill.

Project Period: 2016-2017

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The Atmosphere Flagship Programme in Ny-Ålesund: Activities in 2016-17. A project description.

The Ny-Ålesund Flagship is evolving, building on the SSF workshops in 2008 and 2014, and many discussions during the last year, in particular during the 2015 Ny-Ålesund Symposium. The current flagship activities focus on those fields, where several institutes or groups can contribute, thereby all...

Awarded: NOK 0.32 mill.

Project Period: 2016-2019

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Taking the next step in Svalbard snow research

The goal of this workshop is to connect scientists (especially early career scientists) from different backgrounds in order to establish an interdisciplinary snow science research group in Svalbard. The idea is to foster and re-enforce international collaboration among snow scientists either work...

Awarded: NOK 0.16 mill.

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Workshop on: Interdisciplinary Polar Studies in Svalbard

The Centre for Polar Studies (CPS, www.polarknow.us.edu.pl), was awarded status of centre of excellence in the field of earth sciences in 2014. CPS is hosted by the University of Silesia, together with Institute of Geophysics and Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences. CPS and ...

Awarded: NOK 0.19 mill.

Project Period: 2015-2017

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Plankton Research in Svalbard

Many national and international institutions conduct plankton surveys in Svalbard at regular basis, but so far these activities have not been well coordinated and so far limited data is secured in accessible data bases. This workshop aim to invite plankton researchers and oceanographers annuall...

Awarded: NOK 0.23 mill.

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Terrestrial radar interferometry for monitoring tidewater glaciers in Ny-Ålesund and Hornsund

Tidewater glaciers terminate directly into the sea, and comprise a significant percentage of glaciers in the High Arctic. Ice is typically lost at the tidewater glacier front both through melting, and by "calving" as various size blocks shear off at the front. Calving involves the interactions ...

Awarded: NOK 0.40 mill.

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Ny-Ålesund Atmosphere Research Symposium

Atmosphere research is a major component of the Science Plan for Ny-Ålesund. An Atmosphere Flagship Program, building on several ongoing national and bilateral scientific cooperations and a previous atmosphere flagship initiative, is under development to plan joint research activities. Additional...

Awarded: NOK 0.13 mill.

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Winter physiology of Arctic microalgae (RiS 10109)

The aim of this project is to describe the physiological state of vegetative stages of microalgae during the Polar night. I will measure their photophysiology in darkness, and upon re-illumination in the laboratory to identify their potential to carry out photosynthetic primary production at that...

Awarded: NOK 51,999

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Delta plain sedimentation on Svalbard and at the northern Barents Shelf in The De Geerdalen and Snadd formations, RiS ID 10086.

The aim of the project is to improve the understanding of the upper Triassic of Svalbard and the Barents Sea by investigate and log lateral changes in delta plain sediments in the De Geerdalen Formation. Field work will take place at several localities on Svalbard in order to investigate how the ...

Awarded: NOK 39,999

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

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Determining the snow cover distribution of a High Arctic area using UAV, digital photogrammetry and numerical simulation. (sub-project 2)

This sub project is part, with other two, of a bigger project aimed to evaluate spatial distribution of snow cover properties using UAV and numerical simulation. The first sub-project is aimed to the reconstruction of the snowpack by evaluating the DEM oof snow covered and snow free areas. The tw...

Awarded: NOK 24,732

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Effects of climate warming on tundra plant communities and insect herbivory at contrasting bioclimatic conditions, RiS ID 10030

Previous studies have shown that tundra vegetation is changing in response to climate warming, but the responses may vary between localities and regions. There is increasing evidence for herbivory as an important factor in modulating vegetation responses to climate change. The aim of this project...

Awarded: NOK 31,999

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Energy balance, subsurface temperatures and internal accumulation at Lomonosovfonna, RiS ID 3395

Proposed field campaign at Lomonosovfonna (April 2015) continues work started in April 2012. The aim is to derive a dataset on components of the energy balance, englacial temperatures, rates of internal accumulation for April 2015-2016. This includes: - Downloading data from grid of thermistor s...

Awarded: NOK 10,689

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Spring snowmelt timing and plant growth: recording plant growth at community and landscape scales using remote sensing

This study aims to determine the timing of spring snowmelt and key measures of plant growth at a community level and to upscale this information to the landscape scale. In-situ plant phenology measures will be combined with remotely sensed NDVI data from a digital camera and satellite imagery to...

Awarded: NOK 43,999

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The microbial methane filter in the Arctic: resilience and response to climate change

The overall goal of the project is to investigate the impact of climate change on the methane oxidation potential in High- and in the Sub-Arctic terrestrial ecosystems. We want to identify the key players in the microbial methane cycle and their adaption to their habitat. We will address the infl...

Awarded: NOK 73,999

Project Period: 2015-2015

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Sedimentology and facies development of the Late Triassic De Geerdalen Formation on Hellwaldfjellet and Wilhelmøya, Eastern Spitsbergen

The working title for this project is; 'Sedimentology and facies development of the Upper Triassic DeGeerdalen formation on Hellwaldfjjellet and Wilhelmøya' and will be supervised by Professor II Atle Mørk at the department of Geology and Mineral Resource Engineering at NTNU. In addition a second...

Awarded: NOK 34,573

Project Period: 2015-2016

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

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