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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

Svalbox 2.0 – FAIR geoscientific data from Svalbard

The Svalbox 2.0 project strives to make digital models from Svalbard across all scales (from "seismic-scale" mountain-sides to digital drill cores) openly and freely available to the geoscientific community through the FAIR EU-funded repository Zenodo. In addition, the portal places these in a re...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2021-2023

Location: Svalbard

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

Prevalence and pandemic potential of recently discovered avian influenza infections in Svalbard´s Seabirds

We are on the precipice of the age of pandemics. The frequency of epidemics are increasing, with many of these viruses coming from animals like SARS, Ebola, COVID-19 and the bird flu (H7N9, H5N6, H5N8, H5Nx, H10N8). In 2019 we were the first group to search for, and detect, active avian influ...

Awarded: NOK 68,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Nordland - Nordlánnda

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

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

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

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: 2021-2021

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

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

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

Mapping and dating Holocene advances of Nansenbreen on Erdmannflya, Svalbard RiS ID 11556

A complex of paleo-glacial moraines located on the northern part of Erdmannflya (Svalbard) was formed by Nansenbreen, a surging glacier located to the north-west. The data provided by this moraine complex can be linked to the stratigraphy of the immediately adjacent lake, Straumsjøen, which is th...

Awarded: NOK 59,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Investigation of the spatio-temporal variability of winds in Isfjorden, RiS 11609

Vertical wind profiles will be collected utilizing a light detection and ranging (LIDAR) instrument. The LIDAR will be mounted onboard different research and commercial vessels sailing in Isfjorden. This will allow to investigate the temporal and spatial variability of winds within the marine bou...

Awarded: NOK 49,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Gas hydrate stability and geology linked with the occurrence of flares and pockmarks in the Svalbard fjords

While natural gas hydrates (NGH) in the off-shore provinces of Vestnesa Ridge on the continental slope west of Svalbard and Prinz Karl Forland are extensively studied, near-shore NGH potential in Svalbard fjords is poorly constrained. It is crucial to understand and estimate the presence of near-...

Awarded: NOK 79,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Glaciofluvial Microplastic Deposition (GMP), RiS-ID 11417

This project aims to quantify microplastic pollution (concentration, type, form) across several environmental matrices (snow, riverine sediments, marine sediments) in a populated Arctic catchment. It is a multi-year project examining year-on-year change at select stations, and how plastic debris ...

Awarded: NOK 89,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Arctic Pingos: microbial hotspots in the cold (APPOINTED)

Arctic regions are climate sensitive and effect of change in temperature can be observed easily due to melting of ice, glacier retreat and permafrost thaws. Microorganisms are highly abundant and active in Arctic ecosystems whereas, they are the first responders for climate change crises and are...

Awarded: NOK 57,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Field based oil depletion processes in temperate and Arctic seawater

Oil spill preparedness is an important part in the treatment of accidental oil spills. Computer models are used to estimate the fate of the oil and help to decide for the most appropriate action. However, these models lack of field data to make their estimations more precise. Especially natural d...

Awarded: NOK 59,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Coastal erosion on the Brøgger peninsula, Svalbard; RiS ID 11582

Costal erosion is highly affected by sea ice duration and the thermal regime in the coastal rock walls. With the retreat of sea ice and a warming of permafrost temperatures, coastal erosion is likely to change. This is also expected for the coastal line of Brøgger peninsula, Svalbard. In this pr...

Awarded: NOK 78,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Oslo

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Analysis of heavy metals and nutrients in lake water and inlet and outlet streams of Lake Sarsvatnet, Ny-Ålesund (RiS-ID: 11627)

This AFG-project involves sampling activity for my master thesis with the aim to collect water samples from Sarsvatnet (Ny-Ålesund area) and surrouding streams to study the contribution of long-range pollutants to a limnic environment close to a glacial system. For the past several decades, the t...

Awarded: NOK 45,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Viken

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 49,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

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 55,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

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 77,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

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 69,999

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 60,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage