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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

The Terrestrial Ecosystem Flagship in Ny-Ålesund: From workshops to research projects

The Ny-Ålesund Terrestrial Ecosystem Flagship focuses on ecosystem-based research on tundra, fresh water and soil in and around Ny-Ålesund (Coulsen et al. 2010; Pedersen et al. 2016). The Terrestrial Ecosystem Flagship group has in the past 3 years successfully organized and held workshops aimed ...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2021-2023

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

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Fossil fuel contribution to Black Carbon deposition on Svalbard Glaciers

In this project, we aim at improving our understanding of the black carbon (BC) sources and concentration loading in Svalbard snow with an observational-based source apportionment study. BC has been identified as a strong climate forcing factor but still the origin of its sources in the Arctic, a...

Awarded: NOK 0.50 mill.

Project Period: 2021-2023

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

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

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

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

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

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 44,095

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Teenagers without land: Offspring of economic migrants to Svalbard in an overheated world

There are tens of children living in the Norwegian settlement of Longyearbyen, Svalbard, who joined their parents migrating mostly for economic reasons to the high Arctic from Thailand, the Philippines and other places in the global South. Some of them stay long, become fluent in Norwegian and ca...

Awarded: NOK 68,999

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Oslo

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 26,264

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Trøndelag - Trööndelage

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

Analysing the Population Structure of Arctic Waders through Genome Resequencing RiS ID: 11644

Arctic-breeding shorebirds appear to be declining at a faster rate than elsewhere in the world, a trend attributed to recent climate change (Meltofte et al., 2007; Kubelka et al., 2018). To predict how significant such population changes are, we require knowledge of how these populations have rea...

Awarded: NOK 68,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

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

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Re-visiting the Barrovian metamorphic rocks of the Isbjørnhamna Group and equivalents (Wedel Jarlsberg Land and Sørkapp Land), RiS ID 11651

In this project, I am trying to define the tectonometamorphic evolution of the Isbjørnhamna Group and equivalent units in SW Svalbard using modern geothermobarometric and geochronological methods. The hypothesis is that the southern Wedel Jarlsberg Land is an example of a metamorphic core complex...

Awarded: NOK 73,998

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Vestland

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Temporal and spatial variation of the benthic microbial community in the Adventelva Delta, RiS ID 11595

The climate is changing more rapidly in the Arctic than in most areas of the planet. The combination of thawing permafrost, melting glaciers, and changes in patterns of precipitation and vegetation are causing increased inputs of freshwater with organic material, sediments, and nutrients from ter...

Awarded: NOK 79,999

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

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 26,751

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Viken

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

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Emerging Pollutants in north – western Spitsbergen Snow: concentration distribution, sources, and transport processes

After the recent report on Chemicals of emerging Arctic concern (CEACs) by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program (AMAP 2017), the recent focus of international Arctic pollution research is turned towards the fate elucidation of CEACs in many Arctic countries. Recently, AMAP published a pri...

Awarded: NOK 74,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

Location: Svalbard

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

In-flame: INputs of FLuorinated compounds from Arctic MElting RiS ID: 11598

The acceleration of ice melting due to the global warming taking place on Earth might be a new involuntary source of legacy anthropogenic compounds redistribution, such as Per- and Poly-FluoroAlkyl Substances (PFASs). This mechanism is further emphasized by the Arctic amplification phenomenon, wh...

Awarded: NOK 76,999

Project Period: 2021-2021

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

SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Analysis of trace elements, pollutants and chlorophyll in lake sediments from Sarsvatnet, Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard RIS-ID: 11604

This AFG project involves fieldwork required for my master thesis at Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management at NMBU. Main objectives of my master thesis is to study trace elements, selected pollutans and chlorophyll (proxy for algal biomass) in lake sediments from Lake...

Awarded: NOK 28,879

Project Period: 2021-2022

Location: Viken