1,027 projects

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Who is where? - Unravelling the biodiversity of sympagic meiofauna in and around Svalbard

Sympagic (=ice) meiofauna is an indispensable part of a very complex food web in the Arctic, playing a crucial role for many ice-associated organisms and the whole Arctic ecosystem since sympagic meiofauna comprise primarily of larval stages of seafloor and open-water living animals. But Arctic s...

Awarded: NOK 76,999

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Improving Snow Data Assimilation with Satellite Altimetry

Despite its vital role in modulating the energy and water balance budget, snow distributions in time and space remain poorly understood. The project aim is to improve the current snow data assimilation state-of-the-art methods by adding snow depth observations from the satellite altimeter ICESat-...

Awarded: NOK 0.12 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Calanus species complexity in the transitional fjord system Isfjorden: from cold Arctic to warm Atlantic climate.

The West Spitsbergen Current carries warm and salty Atlantic water (AW) northwards, and with high input of AW, more Calanus finmarchicus is transported to the Arctic. Isfjorden is strongly impacted by Atlantic inflow and is ice-free year-round, except the innermost part, Billefjorden, with a sha...

Awarded: NOK 0.11 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2025

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Arctic CH4 consumption responses to future vegetation regimes, RiS ID: 11990

The Arctic tundra is currently undergoing rapid changes with thawing permafrost and changing vegetation. One of the most pronounced effects among the vegetation is a shift towards taller plant communities and higher biomass, which can lead to increased evapotranspiration and drier soils. Methane ...

Awarded: NOK 79,999

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Pioneering ATLAS tracking to investigate seabird interactions and anthropogenic disturbance in the Arctic, RiS ID 12333

In this project, we will establish the first ATLAS Wildlife Tracking System in the Arctic, enabling us to track, in unprecedented volume and detail, two keystone Arctic seabirds: the black-legged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla and Brunnich’s guillemot Uria lomvia. ATLAS, a cutting-edge reverse GPS sy...

Awarded: NOK 0.11 mill.

Project Period: 2024-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Svalbard Archaeology Symposium 2023

The Arctic environment is changing in a rapid and dramatic manner, and cultural heritage in Svalbard and other places is under pressure due to climate change and increased tourism in addition to the ongoing natural processes and mere age-related degradation. The current cultural heritage policy f...

Awarded: NOK 0.25 mill.

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

A Weeklong Hackathon to Develop Spatio-Temporal Models Across the Strategic Objectives of Svalbard

We propose to host two hackathon-style workshops to engage the Svalbard research community in the adoption and development of the new spatio-temporal modeling R package, 4D-Modeller (4DM). The 4DM package has been developed to tackle spatio-temporal problems at all scales and is built on a Bayesi...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Interdisciplinary collaboration for integrated marine ecosystem monitoring in Kongsfjorden: Hands-on methods training and standardization

Dette prosjektet samler havforskere som jobber med alt fra bakterier til fisk for å lære bort metoder på tvers av disipliner og optimalisere integrert marin overvåking av et arktisk marint økosystem i en tid med raske klimaendringer.

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Do landscape factors and seasonality modulate resource partitioning by the Arctic scavengers of Svalbard?

This project is part of the REINCAR project (RiS ID 11512), which has an ongoing carrion ecology study in Svalbard. One of the REINCAR objectives is to investigate to what extent reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) cadavers affect soil biogeochemistry and vegetation locally and on the land...

Awarded: NOK 55,999

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Buskerud

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Building transdisciplinary bridges for sustainable Svalbard and Arctic development

In a series of two workshops, we intend to create a forum for discussing and initiating transdisciplinary research for sustainable development on Svalbard. The workshops will be a meeting place for national and international researchers and local and national stakeholders to jointly discuss the o...

Awarded: NOK 0.42 mill.

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Nordland - Nordlánnda

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Digitizing Svalbard: Hopen's Digital Outcrop Model Data Acquisition Campaign and Virtual Field Guide Development for educational research

This project’s data collection campaign will focus on digitizing the outcropping rocks surrounding the island of Hopen. I plan to visit the island in the summer field season of 2023. The field assistant and I will embark on a coast guard vessel in Tromsø between Mid-June to Mid-July, heading to H...

Awarded: NOK 99,999

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

SVALBARD SCIENCE CONFERENCE GLACIOLOGY FLAGSHIP WORKSHOP

The workshop will develop further international and interdisciplinary cooperation on modelling and field measurements of snow and glacier mass balance in Svalbard. Research challenges and opportunities will be identified, with focus on data gaps and sources of uncertainty, identifying new techniq...

Awarded: NOK 0.25 mill.

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Fjord Interaction Network in Svalbard

Arctic near-surface temperatures have warmed nearly four times faster than the rest of the globe since 1979 and Svalbard is located at a hotspot for this warming. Local impacts of this warming are strongly evident in the West Spitsbergen fjord systems, such as Isfjorden and Kongsfjorden, which ar...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Glacial and river plume's role in contamination of the Isfjorden coastal waters

The project aims to enhance coordination, cooperation, and expertise exchange between the Norwegian and Korean institutions in studies of Arctic contamination. We plan to establish long-term cooperation in observations and modelling on Svalbard in the forthcoming projects. The pilot field study w...

Awarded: NOK 0.47 mill.

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Shaping the future of polar research data

Fairness and equality are the cornerstones of successful Svalbard and Arctic science and we will address these topics in a two-day workshop that will explore the intersection between diversity and data. It will bring together Svalbard early career researchers (ECRs) and ECRs from across the Arcti...

Awarded: NOK 0.12 mill.

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Workshop on Salmonids in the Svalbard Archipelago (NISh)

The team will meet in Longyearbyen in September 2023 and stay one week together to discuss best practices for capture, handling, and tagging at high latitudes where temperatures are cold and salmon physiology demands specific handling tactics. We will engage locals including Longyearbyen JFF and ...

Awarded: NOK 0.23 mill.

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Research in Svalbard: An APECS Workshop

Numerous international and interdisciplinary research projects are carried out in Svalbard every year. Furthermore, such research projects involve both senior and early career researchers (ECRs), some of whom may have never previously set foot on the archipelago. The Association of Polar Early Ca...

Awarded: NOK 0.21 mill.

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

PHARMARINE- Transport of pharmaceuticals and impact on arctic biota. RIS: 11719

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 52,999

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Effects of goose grubbing, rain-on-snow events and warming on soil arthropods and plant matter decomposition RiS12131

The High Arctic systems are changing rapidly with increased temperatures, winter rain and increasing goose populations, and subsequent grubbing. Increases in grubbing, icing and warming will all change the conditions for soil dwelling animals, and through them affect soil nitrogen mineralisation ...

Awarded: NOK 36,965

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The effect of polyploidisation of Saxifraga oppositofolia on metabolic fluxes

One of the biggest global challenges in plant science´s is to determine how plants can increase stress tolerance (ST) without penalizing productivity. I hypothesise that exists a trade-off at leaf level between the maximal photosynthetic capacity (Amax) and ST and it can be explained by foliar st...

Awarded: NOK 52,156

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Nitrate mobilization during the melt season in Central Spitsbergen

Although Arctic soils store approximately half of the global nitrogen stock, research on nitrogen and its integration into active biochemical cycles is limited. Climate warming, which is amplified in the polar regions and particularly on Svalbard, is leading to a deepening of the active layer of ...

Awarded: NOK 20,049

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Thermal properties of Arctic fox fur and the effect of fur lice infestation

This project will collaborate and run alongside the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) annual monitoring program on arctic fox population in Svalbard. Fur lice in the arctic fox was first identified on Svalbard in 2019 (Buhler et al. submitted). The prevalence at the time was low (approx. 10% of the...

Awarded: NOK 23,390

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Laser Drill for Arctic Snowpack Stratigraphy Study, RiS ID 12098

The proposed project ‘Laser Drill for Arctic Snowpack Stratigraphy Study’ (LASER ARCS) will test a new device for measuring snowpack stratigraphy under Arctic conditions. The SnowLaserDrill (SLD), consists of two lasers. The drilling laser is used to melt a hole into the snow; the second laser is...

Awarded: NOK 59,481

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Wet Fingerprints - Constraining the Influence of (Near-)Surface Melting on Svalbard Snow Structure and Chemistry

Ice cores are unique climate archives. However, our ability to extract environmental information from structural, chemical, and isotopic proxy records is severely limited by a lack of understanding about melt-induced post-depositional alterations. Svalbard ice cores have provided invaluable infor...

Awarded: NOK 99,999

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The source and evolution of Quaternary volcanic activity in NW Spitsbergen (RiS ID 12102)

Several small volcanic centers of Pleistocene age occur in the Woodfjorden area of NW Spitsbergen and are collectively known as the mantle-sourced Bockfjorden Volcanic Complex (BVC). The main magma type identified is basanite, an alkali basaltic variety that is typically associated with active co...

Awarded: NOK 99,999

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

RiS ID 12111: Hydrobatic AUVs for Polar Ocean Sensing (HAPOS)

The term hydrobatics stems from aerobatics and refers to the agile maneuvering of underwater robots. Small and agile underwater robots can revolutionise sensing in polar regions, reducing risks and costs while enabling access to previously inaccessible areas. When coupled with new planning and co...

Awarded: NOK 96,999

Project Period: 2023-2024

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Identifying drivers of senescence in Arctic tundra plants using field and PhenoCam observations, RiS ID: 12093

I propose a study to establish a crucial, yet missing, link between plant senescence observed using manual field methods, and using remote sensing derived vegetation indices. I further aim to identify potential climatic, biogeochemical, and plant physiological drivers of plant senescence in Arcti...

Awarded: NOK 64,831

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Geological survey of oveRbAnk sedimeNts In arcTic strEams

To gain a better understanding of the processes that occur during weathering processes of local geological material connected to Arctic catchment areas and river systems studies of overbank sediments plays a vital role. In general, knowledge about properties of the composition and physical-chemic...

Awarded: NOK 39,029

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Effect and responses of experimental warming on Dryas octopetala-dominated vegetation in High Arctic versus alpine ecosystems, RiS ID 10030

This master thesis aims to investigate the responses of experimental warming of the shrub Dryas octopetala in terms of its abundance, plant height and NDVI at a High Arctic and alpine site. It is expected that both abundance and plant height of Dryas will increase with warming, and that plant hei...

Awarded: NOK 23,941

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Response of shallow marine prokaryote ecosystems in the Boreal Ocean to the Permo-Triassic climate crisis (RiS ID: 12064)

This project aims to reconstruct the microbial community in the shallow Boreal Ocean during the environmental crisis at the Permian/Triassic boundary that coincided with the most severe mass extinction in Earth’s history. By collecting new samples for lipid biomarker analysis at three Permian-Tri...

Awarded: NOK 92,994

Project Period: 2023-2023

Location: Svalbard