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IS-TOPP-Toppfinans. av M.Curie-stipend

EU Marie Curie ITN GLANAM UNIS Top-financing

Awarded: NOK 0.73 mill.

At the last glacial maximum (LGM), the Barents Sea-Svalbard region was covered by a marine-based ice sheet (the Svalbard-Barents Sea Ice Sheet; SBIS) that extended from Svalbard in the northwest to Scandinavia in the south, and to the Novaya Zemlya in the east (Svendsen et al., 2004). This ice sheet was partitioned into large, fast flowing ice streams and slower moving ice in the inter-ice stream areas (Andreassen and Winsborrow, 2009). However, the northern and eastern margin of this ice sheet offshore of Svalbard has seen relatively little investigation to date and as a result its history is poorly known. The aim of this project is to reconstruct the former extent, dynamics and chronology of the SBIS in this region and in particular to determine its influence on the morphology and sedimentary architecture along the poorly known northern and eastern Svalbard margins using data from various sources which includes: (1) high-resolution swath bathymetric data to map the spatial distribution of submarine landforms; (2) sub-bottom and seismic profiling to determine sediment thickness and stratigraphy; and (3) sediment cores which will be analyzed for a variety of sedimentological, micropaleontological and geotechnical properties.

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IS-TOPP-Toppfinans. av M.Curie-stipend