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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Research in Svalbard: An APECS workshop 2021

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 0.25 mill.

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Impact of cryospheric melt-down on submarine slope stability and carbon release in a warmer Arctic (CRYOCARB)

CRYOCARB will establish an inter-disciplinary network of experts to address our overarching goal of maximizing knowledge of the impact of cryospheric melt-down on Arctic slope stability and release of old carbon storages to the atmosphere in a warm climate. To achieve this, the CRYOCARB group hav...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2021-2023

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Catalyzing interdisciplinary perspectives across social and natural science on Svalbard

The goal is to develop interdisciplinary collaboration between social science, natural science and the local communities in Svalbard. The severe changes in climate and environment in Svalbard (the socio-ecological system) are challenging natural sciences as well as social sciences and the living ...

Awarded: NOK 0.25 mill.

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Tourist safety in polar regions: guide’s competence and emergency preparedness in Arctic communities, RIS ID 11591.

Polar adventure tourism is growing rapidly leading to increasing risk of accidents and more stress on local emergency preparedness. The objective of the phd research is to explore the relationship between guides competences and ensuring safety in the field. The study pays attention to key issues ...

Awarded: NOK 49,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Svalbard Geopolitics and Social Science Network (GEO-SVALBARD)

In 2019, the Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI) organised a workshop with 25 participants (Svalbard alumni) in conjunction with the Svalbard Science Conference. This was the first step in engaging early career graduates from across disciplines who had a connection with research relating to Svalbard....

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Viken

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Svalbard Science Conference Glaciology Flagship workshop:

The workshop seeks to draw on the collective expertise of a diverse group of experienced researchers, and aims to forge more long-lasting contacts to enhance the interdisciplinary collaboration portfolio of the group, encourage transfer of knowledge and expertise within Norway and internationally...

Awarded: NOK 99,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Revisiting the Kongsfjorden algal vegetation from 2012

The Arctic is facing the climate change harder than any other parts of the northern hemisphere. The West Spitsbergen current is transporting warm water from the Gulf Stream resulting in decreased ice conditions, even in the fjords during winter. This reduction in sea ice leads to less ice scourin...

Awarded: NOK 43,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Predicting vegetation change through gradients in space and time

The strong warming of the Arctic threaten to completely change the biodiversity and ecosystem functions within the arctic displacing large parts of the current communities. Two apparent patterns of vegetation community change have been discovered from experimental and long term monitoring of Arct...

Awarded: NOK 51,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

HYDROLOGICAL EFFECTS ON THE VARIABILITY AND EMERGENT HOT MOMENTS IN METABOLISM OF A HIGH ARCTIC LAKE

Regarded as a persistent source of carbon to the atmosphere, high latitude lakes can also represent an important sink for atmospheric CO2. In fact, these lakes are likely alternating between being CO2 sources and sinks depending on the timing and magnitude of OM inputs, catchment characteristics ...

Awarded: NOK 79,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Ocean Data Dojo - Building competence in FAIR data management in marine research and citizen science

The Ocean Data Dojo will engage experts in Arctic data collection in ocean sciences, Citizen Science for Arctic communities, and scientific data management. The aim is to develop a joint understanding of the current practices and gaps in the data delivery chain from research driven ice-ocean obs...

Awarded: NOK 0.20 mill.

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Structure and emplacement mechanisms of the large sill complexes of central Isfjorden

The aim of the proposed project is to initiate a new research project and collaboration in order to use Svalbard geology as world-class case study for studying the complex processes of magma emplacement in the Earth’s crust. The principle of magma emplacement processes seems quite straightforward...

Awarded: NOK 79,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Levels and Potential DNA damage of Organohalogenated Contaminants in blood from three Arctic Seabirds species

Svalbard is an important study site for the effects of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) which avian species accumulate high levels of, due to the high deposition of POPs in the Arctic environment. Together with experienced researchers, blood samples will be collected from 15-20 kittiwakes in ...

Awarded: NOK 35,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Mechanisms underlying climate-driven shifts in plant phenology and abundance and the link to population performance of a large herbivore

Climate change is rapidly altering patterns of precipitation and temperature (Van Pelt et al. 2016), causing shifts in plant phenology and resource availability for large herbivores (Bjorkman et al. 2020). In the Arctic, weather patterns are increasingly characteristic of earlier springs and dela...

Awarded: NOK 69,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Longyearbyen Snow and Avalanche Monitoring with Automated Terrestrial Laser Scanning (RiS ID: 11630)

Snow Scan aims at developing a proof-of-concept automated terrestrial laser scanning (ATLS) system to monitor snow and avalanches in the Longyeardalen and Adventdalen valleys of central Svalbard. The spatiotemporal distribution of snow in avalanche starting zones is a critical factor controlling ...

Awarded: NOK 76,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Investigation of connections between diet change and environmental pollutants in black-legged kittiwake in Kongsfjorden, RiS ID 11573

In my master's thesis I will look at timeseries of levels of pollutants and timeseries of diet-samples from black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla) from Kongsfjorden. I will investigate if the observed shift in diet for the kittiwakes, from Arctic to Atlantic species, has an affect on contamin...

Awarded: NOK 36,288

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

LOng-Range transport of pollutants to Arctic area by Seabirds RiS-ID: 11631

This AFG project (RIS-ID 11631) involves sampling connected to my master thesis dealing with migratory seabirds as potential source for long-range transport of pollutants to the arctic environment beeing a part of a larger research activity at Department of Chemistry NTNU. Migratory seabirds have...

Awarded: NOK 36,166

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Assessment of Endocrine effects of POPs and heavy metals on an Arctic char population in the Arctic Lake Diesetvatnet RiS-ID: 11617

This AFG project (RIS-ID 11617) involves sampling activity for my master thesis dealing with endocrine disruptive effects on Arctic char. Among the pollutants that will be investigated are a selection of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and some heavy metals such as mercury (Hg), arsenic (As)...

Awarded: NOK 45,344

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

GOT_SURGE: GNSS observations of the developing surge on Kongsvegen

In the coming century, dynamic ice loss from glaciers and ice sheets likely will represent the largest contribution to global sea level rise. Sudden changes in dynamic behavior (of which surging is an extreme end member) still are poorly understood. One of the reasons why glaciologists have been ...

Awarded: NOK 79,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Interactive Field Experiences with an Augmented Smart Table (IFEAST), RiS ID 11596

IFEAST will create a dynamic and user-proof presentation device for researchers, students and others to create interactive field experiences with an augmented smart table. New photogrammetry data will be used to create digital outrop models and 360 degree images of important geoscientific sites. ...

Awarded: NOK 49,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Sedimentary facies analysis and architecture of alluvial fan systems within rift basin, Billefjorden Trough, Svalbard

A field campaign in summer 2021 aiming at collection of data which will result in sedimentary logs, geological sketches, measurements of orientation of bedding and records of paleo-transport indicators from three different study sites: in the area of Petuniabukta, Pyramiden and Lykteneset. Additi...

Awarded: NOK 61,080

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Multispectral analysis of the vegetation in "cadaver decomposition island" from reindeer on Svalbard – can drones be used to detect cadaver?

This project will study how the vegetation changes in and around the "cadaver decomposition island" (CDI), in relation to areas without cadaver decomposition. During the decomposition process, the area where the carcass is located will consist of bare soil, while the vegetation around the carcass...

Awarded: NOK 36,118

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Nordland - Nordlánnda

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Snow bunting reproduction in a changing environment: effects of altered predation rates versus earlier spring onset (RiS ID 11613)

This project focuses on the effects of, and potential interplay between, advanced timing of spring onset and changes in predation pressure by the Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) on breeding dates and reproductive success of snow buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis) in Adventdalen. Spring onset and early ...

Awarded: NOK 47,720

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Photophysiological responses of sea ice algae to changes in salinity (PRS)

Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean is rapidly changing and its surface waters are expected to freshen due to climate warming. This is likely to affect the algal communities living within it, with uncertain consequences for the Arctic marine ecosystem its biogeochemistry. The PRS project will assess the ...

Awarded: NOK 82,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Monitoring of the Longyearelva river and river delta focusing on the potential effects of climate change, Svalbard. RiS ID: 11641

The aim of this project is to continue investigating and monitoring the hydro- and geological system and the dynamical changes of Longyearelva, Svalbard. It is a continuation of the 2020 project “Sediment Erosion and Transport in the Longyearelva catchment system, Svalbard” by Martin Løvaas, NTNU...

Awarded: NOK 30,186

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Seasonality of microbial eukaryotes in the seasonally ice-covered arctic fjord Billefjorden, RiS ID 11636

Microbial eukaryotes or single-celled protists are organisms that play a fundamental role in energy flow and the cycling of elements in the marine ecosystem. Protist communities in the Arctic are highly seasonal. Despite the abundance and importance of pico- and nano- sized eukaryotes, most prot...

Awarded: NOK 96,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Marine Litter and Microplastic studies in Svalbard coastal waters

This project is devoted to sampling microplastic in the coastal waters of Svalbard using the same technology that is used in the ongoing project "Establish regional capacity to measure and model the distribution and input of micro plastics to the Barents Sea from rivers and currents (ESCIMO)", fu...

Awarded: NOK 45,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Historic changes in diversity, abundance, and biomass of seaweed-associated fauna in Svalbard, RIS ID 11621

Global warming has been accelerating recently and shows especially strong impact in the Arctic. The resulting changes of the abiotic environment may challenge the structure and/or functioning of ecosystems. We aim at quantifying whether and, if so, by how much the abundance, biomass, and diversit...

Awarded: NOK 61,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Predicting population dynamics in Arctic breeding barnacle geese under future climate change scenarios

The aim of this msc is to predict population dynamics under likely future climate change scenarios, and under changing trophic interactions. My main source of data, in addition to existing climate scenarios from the breeding and overwintering grounds, is mark-recapture data from the population of...

Awarded: NOK 80,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Diurnal and seasonal rhythmicity of hormones and behaviour in arctic-breeding barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis). RiS ID 11237.

Endogenous biological clocks are important for animals, as they regulate rhythmic biochemical, physiological and behavioural processes, which can be expressed daily or seasonally. Biological clocks function through the excretion of hormones and are entrained by external cues, such as the light-da...

Awarded: NOK 79,062

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Hiding in the shadows: effects of environmental stressors on male calanoid copepods

Polar ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to effects caused by environmental stressors of anthropogenic origin, such as ocean acidification (OA) or ocean warming (OW). Calanoid copepods of the genus Calanus are key species in the Arctic food web and constitute up to 90% of the zooplankton biom...

Awarded: NOK 98,999

Project Period: 2021-2023

Location: Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku - Tromssa ja Finmarkku