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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Glacier surges: controls, processes and distribution

Awarded: NOK 2,034

This project will use an approach combining remote sensing, fieldwork and modeling to re-define glacier surging, assess the current state of the world's surge-type glaciers, and ultimately develop a single model of a glacier surge. Remote sensing analyses will provide data to build a global dataset of surge-type glaciers; dataset completed with detailed information on the glaciers topographic and climatic contexts. Fieldwork will be associated to remote sensing to focus on the arctic ring, and more partic ularly one of its long-studied surge clusters: the Svalbard archipelago. Such data will be essential to parameterize a model of glacier surging based on a new energy budget approach, which aims to understand the non-random distribution of surge-type glaci ers, and to establish the surge response to climatic and topographic controls.

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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum