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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Changes of glacier facies in the Hornsund area over the last decade, RiS-ID 10917

The aim of the project is to collect in situ data necessary for validation of remote sensing analysis of glacier facies detection. Based on the results of the project and archive data of the University of Silesia - Centre for Polar Studies it will be possible to study changes of glacier facies ov...

Awarded: NOK 36,903

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Depositional and structural characterization of a paleokarst system in the Upper Paleozoic Gipsdalen Group at Fortet, Svalbard, RiS ID 10929

As part of my Master thesis I plan to accomplish a ground-penetrating radar survey, 3D photogrammetry, acquisition of structural data and an event stratigraphic log at Fortet in order to get an understanding of the interplay between structural geology of the host rock, cave geometries and configu...

Awarded: NOK 54,750

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

COLLECTION OF STRUCTURAL AND SEDIMENTOLOGICAL DATA AT SARSØYRA

The proposed fieldwork aims at a detailed assessment of outcrops located in northern Sarsøyra to better constrain the tectonic and sedimentary evolution of the Forlandsundet Basin. The fieldwork will focus on a beach section and a hitherto undescribed basin-bounding fault zone. It will include:...

Awarded: NOK 51,644

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Plant functional traits across altitudinal and soil fertility gradients on Svalbard, RiS 10935

The aim of this project is to quantify and compare the relative importance of species turnover and intraspecific variation as drivers of plant community-level traits across both an altitudinal and soil fertility gradient. We will set out plots along transects varying in altitude or soil fertility...

Awarded: NOK 77,999

Project Period: 2018-2018

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Kongsvegen Glacier Surge Dynamics

A major uncertainty in the contribution of glaciers to sea level rise is the role of glacier dynamics, and is particularly complicated for surge-type glaciers, where even the primary controls on glacier motion are poorly understood. This project aims to improve the understanding of glacier dynami...

Awarded: NOK 52,888

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Marine Tourist Activity Assessment, RSID 10938

There are many examples of incidents involving with vessels operating in the waters around Svalbard (Kystverket Beredskap, Hendelser Håndtert I 2016). There have currently been very few assessments considering the risk associated with activities taking place in relatively remote harbors without a...

Awarded: NOK 49,038

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Rogaland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Small-scale dynamics of Arctic coastal sediments: Isbjornhamna, Svalbard. RIS-ID 10918

This project consists of 2-months-long multidisciplinary survey of Isbjornhamna (Hornsund) coastal zone for investigation of local sediment erosion / transport / deposition processes characteristics, and also for detailed imaging of the internal structure of the bay's sediments. Main project goal...

Awarded: NOK 64,999

Project Period: 2018-2018

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Biofacies studies in the Botneheia Formation on Eastern Svalbard

I apply for the Artic Field Grant as a support to do field work for my master thesis. The project is a combination of sedimentology and paleontology studies on the Botneheia Formation in the Triassic age on Svalbard. There will be focus on the biofacies studies that occur in this formation in the...

Awarded: NOK 13,735

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Effects of terrestrial inputs on coastal food-web structure and contaminant trophodynamics in an Arctic fjord system

Increased terrestrial run-off in Arctic regions is one major impact of climate change. As temperatures and precipitation increase and permafrost and glaciers melt, coastal areas are experiencing increased levels of riverine inputs. These inputs bring water, sediments, nutrients, organic matter an...

Awarded: NOK 74,999

Project Period: 2018-2018

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Seasonal dynamics of sympagic meiofauna in a high-Arctic fjord

Sea ice plays a vital role in the Arctic ecosystem with many organisms of all sizes depending on it as a habitat, feeding, breeding and nursery ground. Brine channels that form through the ejection of salt from the freshwater lattice during the formation of sea ice, offer a unique habitat for spe...

Awarded: NOK 35,067

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

GLACIER MASS BALANCE - CENTRAL SVALBARD

The project is focused on assessment of current mass balance of Bertil and Sven glaciers - both positioned in the area of Billefjorden, central Svalbard. These glaciological measurements will be coupled with runoff measurements as an easy proxy for estimation of summer glacier ablation. Detailed ...

Awarded: NOK 40,432

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Investigation of current surge dynamics of Tunabreen; RIS ID 10913

The proposed fieldwork will be focused on surging glaciers, and specifically will take place at Tunabreen, a tidewater surge type glacier. Its behaviour has suggested a regular 35-40 year interval, between one active phase and another; thus, glaciologists were not expecting any sudden advance bef...

Awarded: NOK 45,096

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Fracture characterization of intrusions and the surrounding sedimentary rocks in Gipsdalen and Geese Island, Central Isfjorden, RiS ID 10911

This project aims at characterizing the fracture network in and around in exposed intrusions emplaced in sedimentary rocks in central Spitsbergen. The characterization of the fracture network in and around outcropping intrusions plays an important role in the assessment of the potential impact o...

Awarded: NOK 34,604

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The process of snow-ice formation and its impact on young Arctic sea ice, RiS-ID 10915

The Arctic region is experiencing a change from thick multiyear to much younger and thinner sea ice. In many places, increasing precipitation is leading to higher snow loads on young sea ice. Hence seawater can infiltrate the snow layer through pathways in the ice or from the side. Consequently p...

Awarded: NOK 44,146

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Spatial Distributions of Black Carbon and Mineral Dust in Air and Snow Surface Layers upon Svalbard Glaciers

In this project we aim at evaluating the distribution of Black Carbon (BC) and Mineral Dust (MD) in the atmospheric boundary layer over the snow surface and in the surface snow layers over targeted Svalbard glaciers and to identify the air-snow deposition mechanisms with particular attention to ...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2018-2023

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Strengthening cooperation on air pollution research in Svalbard

Air pollution research combines knowledge and methods intrinsic to atmospheric physics and chemistry. There are some examples of cooperation within the air pollution studies related to investigation of events of long-range transport of pollution to Svalbard. In contrast, there are no joint projec...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2018-2020

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Geochemical analysis of overbank sediments in Adventdalen and Ny-Ålesund

Sampling and analysis of overbank sediments is an efficient method for regional geochemical mapping, either for environmental studies or for prospecting of mineral resources. Ottesen et al, has previously used this method at Svalbard for a regional survey of a limited number of inorganic elements...

Awarded: NOK 9,397

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

SVALHOLA - Svalbard Holocene Assembly on Glaciers and Climate

Studying past shifts in high latitude glaciers and climate through the current interglacial (the Holocene, covering the last c. 12000 years) allows us to better understand the role of the Arctic in the global climate system and to more effectively predict antecedent climate scenarios. Due to Sval...

Awarded: NOK 0.23 mill.

Project Period: 2018-2020

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The age of metamorphism and deformation of the Müllernesset Formation of Oscar II Land

The project concerns investigations of the age of metamorphism and deformation in the Proterozoic metasedimentary rocks exposed on the western part of Oscar II Land in Svartfjellstranda and their contact with adjacent units. Two week fieldwork will be aimed at measurements of geological structure...

Awarded: NOK 51,473

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Microalgal communities in the cryosphere Controls and connectivity from glaciers to sea ice, RiS ID 10889

The aim of the project is to study the roles and controls of microalgae in the cryosphere. I will study communities on glaciers, in the fjords and in and underneath sea ice. Besides microscopy, next generation sequencing methods will be used for 18S amplicon sequencing in summer with high glacial...

Awarded: NOK 72,888

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Injectites and Sedimentary Intrusions in the Mesozoic record of Svalbard (iSIMS)

Field-based structural-stratigraphic study and lithological/petrophysical characterisation of the mesoscale sedimentary intrusions (i.e. injectites) affecting the lowermost interval of the mid-late Jurassic Agardhfjellet Formation in the southern Sassenfjorden area. The aim of this project is to ...

Awarded: NOK 43,999

Project Period: 2018-2018

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The Role of Sea Ice in the Production and Release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Unicellular algae produce VOCs in response to the environmental conditions within the brine channels of sea ice. This production is likely to be in response to the elevated salinities in these channels. Grazing pressure from zooplankton, advection of under ice water, organic matter decay (within ...

Awarded: NOK 12,573

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Akershus

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Precipitation measurements and snow surveys in the Pyramiden and Barentsburg areas, RiS ID 10946

The Arctic freshwater budget is driven primarily by precipitation. Accurate evaluation of precipitation is crucial for a variety of reasons, such as verification of numerical weather forecast, hydrological and climate models. Spring snow surveys and further data analysis could make possible to ob...

Awarded: NOK 11,349

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

SVALBARD ROCK VAULT: Taking care of data and developing critical infrastructure for geoscientific research and education projects

The Svalbard Rockvault project is an initiative to archive and protect unique geological material acquired on Svalbard primarily through drilling activity, but also by geological sampling and geophysical acquisition campaigns. In the majority of the world, national institutions take care of geo...

Awarded: NOK 0.20 mill.

Project Period: 2018-2019

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Coal - the ice core of the warm past: using the natural coal archive on Svalbard to initiate a flagship for palaeoclimate research

The Paleocene coals from the Firkanten Formation, Svalbard represent a globally important record of environmental change. Like ice cores and deep marine drillings, coal (ancient peat) represents a relatively undisturbed environment from which geochemical signatures of climate change can be extrac...

Awarded: NOK 0.39 mill.

Project Period: 2018-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Kongsvegen: INitiation of a Glacier Surge (KINGSurge)

Kongsvegen is a surge-type glacier in Svalbard that last surged in 1948. Ongoing GPS measurements have indicated that the glacier has started to accelerate, and another surge may be imminent. The early detection of an incipient surge is exceptionally rare, and we have a short window of opportunit...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2018-2020

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Influence of coastal permafrost thawing on biogeochemistry and pollutants of the sea water

We hypothesise that thawing of permafrost can be an important source for certain chemical parameters at least in the coastal Arctic areas. Our approach for testing our hypothesis is to conduct a laboratory experiment to study changes in the content of chemical parameters in the seawater when perm...

Awarded: NOK 0.32 mill.

Project Period: 2018-2020

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Stratigraphy and tectonic on Oscar II Land

This is a planned combined study of the stratigraphy of the Triassic and the tectonic processes affecting Triassic depositions in the area of Oscar II Land. There will be taken new structural measurements will be taken and sedimentological logs will be made for selected locations from Svenskegga ...

Awarded: NOK 12,928

Project Period: 2017-2017

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Can maternal exposure to low pH/elevated pCO2 seawater provide protection to the offspring of the keystone copepod Calanus glacialis to ocea

Emission of CO2 from anthropogenic sources has increased at unprecedented rates since the advent of industrialisation. The increased absorption of atmospheric CO2 by the oceans has led to an imbalance in seawater carbonate chemistry and to a reduction in seawater pH : a process known as ocean aci...

Awarded: NOK 41,999

Project Period: 2017-2017

Location: Troms - Romsa - Tromssa

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Plant biomass workshop in Svalbard (SvalbardBiomass)

ArcticBiomass was a Norway-USA network (RCN 227064) project funded by the Research Council of Norway (http://www.nina.no/english/Research/Projects/ArcticBiomass). The main objectives of this project were to establish a joint American-Norwegian research team dealing with research on the combinatio...

Awarded: NOK 0.23 mill.

Project Period: 2017-2018

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage