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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Reconstructing Holocene climate variability from lake sediments of Amsterdamøya, RiS ID 6655

There are gaps in our knowledge of Holocene paleoclimate in the High Arctic due to a lack of well-resolved records and limitations of existing proxy data. Our understanding of High Arctic climate variability can be improved with the application of new bi ogeochemical methods and chronologic tool...

Awarded: NOK 32,934

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Vestland

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The influence of flea infestation on the reproductive success of barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis) in Kongsfjord, Svalbard.

The aim of this project is to investigate the effect that infestation of nests by fleas (Ceratophyllus vagabundus vagabundus Boheman, 1866) has on the incubation, and hatching and fledging success of barnacle geese on the Lovén islands in Kongsfjord. Nes ts will be mapped and a minimum of 20 nes...

Awarded: NOK 35,999

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Akershus

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Workshop on collaboration and coordination within the Ny-Ålesund Atmospheric Flagship Programme

Ny-Ålesund offers an excellent location for observing key climate and atmospheric parameters from the atmospheric boundary layer up to tens of km above Earth. Many such atmospheric measurements have been performed in Ny-Ålesund for decades already by rese archers from many nations. In 2008 a SSF...

Awarded: NOK 0.11 mill.

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Radar mapping of the bed of tributary glaciers of Kronebreen, Svalbard, RIS ID 6660

This planned fieldwork is part of the modelling project of the subglacial conditions of Kronebreen. It will provide supplementary data to feed the model of Kronebreen subglacial processes. My goal is to inverse the surface velocities of Kronebreen to retr ieve a seasonal evolution of the basal dr...

Awarded: NOK 69,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The High Arctic switch from ericoid- to ecto- mycorrhiza in Cassiope tetragona ssp. tetragona, RIS ID 6648

Cassiope tetragona spp. tetragona spread out fast after the last glaciation, and is the only Cassiope species that have managed to spread out and reach a circumpolar range. Cassiope belongs to Ericaceae, and have usually ericoid mycorrhiza. However, in Hi gh Arctic areas, this species have been f...

Awarded: NOK 30,867

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Internal accumulation at Lomonosovfonna glacier: environmental controls and rates, RiS ID 3395

Proposed field campaign at Lomonosovfonna (1200 and 900 m asl) is planned for April 2014 and continues work started in April 2012. The aim is to derivea dataset on environmental parameters influencing internal accumulation and actual rates of the process. This includes: - Downloading data from ...

Awarded: NOK 9,654

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Fracturing and weathering in basement of the Billefjorden Trough, an analogue to top basement reservoirs

The study will concern a basement reservoir analogue in Billefjorden, Svalbard. The fundamental questions are: How is the fracture system in the basement around the Carboniferous Billefjorden Trough? How is the weathering profile in terms of thickness , intensity and mineralogy in this area?

Awarded: NOK 30,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Detailed mapping of the active layer and top permafrost organic carbon pool and potential carbon release in central Svalbard

In order to investigate spatial distribution and size of permafrost soil carbon pools in central Svalbard, soil samples will be taken in spring 2014. Data from earlier fieldwork (2013) is available to be combined into a detailed map of carbon pools for th e area, which has not been done before. T...

Awarded: NOK 52,999

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The characterization of glacier basal hydrologic systems

The objectives of this study are to deploy 4 (or more) high precision GPS instruments on 2 glaciers through the summer of 2014. Of particular importance is to determine how the basal hydrologic system reacts to perturbances caused from climatic forces, su ch as from the surface mass balance of th...

Awarded: NOK 49,070

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Svalbard reindeer and hunting - what are natural borders for management units

Svalbard reindeer are managed within fairly small management units. Local authorities are concerned that reindeer within the small management units may be subjected to overharvesting. In this project I will investigate the range use of individually GPS-ma rked Svalbard reindeer and see if the spa...

Awarded: NOK 39,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Akershus

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Diving ecology and migration of a capital breeder, the common eider

The aim of this project is to investigate how migration and seasonal conditions affect the diving and foraging ecology of the common eider. Especially, it will focus on how day-length and temperature affects the diving frequency and the diving depth at di fferent times of the year, while being lo...

Awarded: NOK 79,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

WINter Benthic Activities

The goal of the present study is to characterize benthic communities' structure and activities during the polar night in Kongsfjorden, a fjord highly influenced by warm Atlantic water inputs, and to contrast them with the results observed for other season s in the same fjord.

Awarded: NOK 69,999

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Unraveling Holocene Arctic climate dynamics using sediments from Hajeren, a glacier-fed lake on Mitrahalvøya (RiS ID 6663)

The Arctic shows an amplified response to current warming and is rapidly changing. Data on past polar climate variability is scarce and hampered by a low resolution. My PhD research aims to provide high-resolution data for the Holocene to put current warm ing into perspective. To this end, I anal...

Awarded: NOK 39,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

knowledge exchange in the expedition cruise tourism community in Svalbard, ris id 6595

this phd research project will investigate the adaptive governance potential of the marine community on expedition cruise tourism on Svalbard and how it can be improved by the willingness of different actors to share different types of knowledge (local, s cientific or industry) and to learn from ...

Awarded: NOK 33,362

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The Effects of Perfluorinated Compounds on Thyroid Hormone in Ivory gulls (Pagophila eburnea) and Black-legged Kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla)

This study will investigate whether perfluorinated compounds affect the thyroid hormone system in ivory gulls and black-legged kittiwakes. This will be accomplished by collecting blood samples from the two species during the breeding seasons of 2013 and 2014. The blood will be analyzed for perf...

Awarded: NOK 39,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Later snow melt reduces dwarf shrub secondary growth (Salix polaris, Adventdalen), RiS ID 6615

In many tundra regions dwarf trees of the Arctic (i.e. shrubs) are becoming dominant and increasing in cover. Since shrubs can become old (more than 100 yrs old) and its annual ring growth register valuable environmental information, dendrochronological s tudies on tundra shrubs are becoming more...

Awarded: NOK 19,748

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Effects of pollution on metabolic rate and blood parameters in arctic kittiwake. RiS ID: 6617

The current proposal aims to study the physiological effects (both in terms of metabolic rate, endocrine and clinical parameters) of emerging flame retardants, traditional persistent organic pollutants and toxic metals in the light of ecological character istics (diet, habitat) and environmental ...

Awarded: NOK 71,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Jan Mayen - A multi approach study on Holocene environmental and climatic changes

Based on field work (Quaternary geology) in Jan Mayen, the project will provide new knowledge on climate and environmental changes in a terrestrial key area in between two main ocean current systems; cold Arctic water from the East Greenland Current/Jan M ayen Current and warm Atlantic water from...

Awarded: NOK 31,474

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Detailed mapping of the active layer and top permafrost potential carbon release in central Svalbard. RiS ID:6650

The overall main objectives of the present work are to: (1) Investigate high potential SOC (soil organic carbon) areas where little data is available about permafrost and active layer carbon storage/release. Sites will be selected according to aerial pict ures study in landforms containing high a...

Awarded: NOK 30,013

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Are little auks filter-feeders? An experimental approach to test their sensitivity to ongoing climate change RIS ID: 6639

Little auks (Alle alle) are highly vulnerable to environmental modifications in the Arctic. Knowledge of their feeding behaviour and foraging profitability is crucial to predict how these energetically challenged birds will cope with anticipated environme ntal changes, leading to a reduction of t...

Awarded: NOK 39,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Meiofauna Composition and Distribution: A Pan-Arctic Comparison

Sea ice is a unique medium composed of a solid ice matrix permeated by an extensive brine channel system. This channel system is host to a community of ice associated (sympagic) microbes, algae and invertebrates. Given the understudied nature of sea ice o rganisms, many sympagic organisms lack ta...

Awarded: NOK 35,999

Project Period: 2014-2016

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Potential activity of microbial community in the Biological Soil Crusts in the glacial forefield of Werenskioldbreen glacier

The aim of this project is to detect photosynthetic and heterotrophic activity of BSC in High Arctic glacier forefields. The proposed project will be conducted in glacial forefield of Werenskioldbreen glacier in the SW Svalbard (June/July). It will be ba sed at the Polish Polar Station at the Ho...

Awarded: NOK 55,074

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Turnover of trophic markers and lipid carbon in distinct Arctic marine food webs, RIS ID 6668

In a context of sea ice decrease in the Arctic, this PhD project focuses on a combination of field and laboratory investigations to improve the understanding of the basic lipid metabolism and physiological adaptations of distinct Arctic food webs. One of the main focuses of this project is the ...

Awarded: NOK 69,721

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Reconstruction of past atmospheric circulation patterns along the coast of Norway and Svalbard during the last 2000 years

In order to distinguish the temporal-spatial effects of anthropologically induced changes on the climate system, there is an urgent need for better quantification of natural climate variability. This variability is controlled by the interaction between th e forcing and internal processes of the c...

Awarded: NOK 45,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Mapping individual migration strategies of an Arctic seabird

The aim of the project is to investigate individual migration strategies and wintering areas in an Arctic seabird. Little information exists on individual flexibility or consistency in migration and wintering strategies of seabirds breeding in Svalbard. S uch information is important for conserva...

Awarded: NOK 79,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Microbial Symbionts of Arctic Peatlands and their Relevance for Present and Future Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling - ArcBiont RiS ID: 6547

The project will investigate microbial communities of the methane cycle that are associated with submerged Arctic peat mosses. The thesis will focus on Arctic samples from the peatlands Twin water, Gludneset, and Knudsenheia in the vicinity of Ny-Ålesund (Svalbard), the Siberian Lena Delta (coll...

Awarded: NOK 52,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Reaching Deep into the Big Black Box: diversity and functionality of arctic microbes.

In a broad sense, this research aims to elucidate microbial community structure and the forces that shape succession and diversity patterns within sea ice: light regimes, nutrient influxes, parasitism, and mutualism. Heavy fungal parasitism of diatoms ob served in Barrow, Alaska, (Personal obser...

Awarded: NOK 24,310

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Levels and effects of POPs on thyroid hormone levels in glaucous gull (Larus hyperboreus) breeding in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, RiS-ID: 6672

The aim of the study is to detect levels of selected POPs in glaucous gull breeding in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, and investigated how this may affect the thyroid hormone levels.Its hypothesized that high levels of contaminants will be detected and that ther e will be an inverse correlation between ...

Awarded: NOK 20,697

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Mapping and petrology of high-grade metamorphic rocks of Prins Karls Forland. RiS ID 6571

The application concerns an investigation of the Caledonian basement of Prins Karls Forland with a particular focus on high-grade metamorphic rocks (the Pinkie Formation). This project is a part of a PhD thesis, which focuses on the Svalbard's Southwester n and Northwestern Caledonian Basement Pr...

Awarded: NOK 76,999

Project Period: 2014-2014

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Dietary responses in Svalbard reindeer to changes in winter climate

The Svalbard winter is heating up, with more frequent rain and icing. Icing reduces food access for Svalbard reindeer and may force them to seek alternative food, such as sea-weed. This project aims to explore reindeer diets in response to winter climate change. Through stable isotope analysis a...

Awarded: NOK 25,842

Project Period: 2014-2015

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage