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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum

Traceable Abrasion of Snow Vehicle Belts in Svalbard

Awarded: NOK 81,877

The project TRACES will focus on abrasive particles from snow vehicle belts in snow and soil samples collected in Ny-Ålesund and Longyearbyen. The collection will take place in high-trafficked areas and in locations where less or no snow vehicle utilization is considered. Moreover, samples will be collected between April/May and June/July 2023 to cover 1) the burden of belt particles in the snow while snow vehicles are operating and 2) to have an insight into potential accumulation in soil samples after the snow is melted. In addition, used and outworn snow vehicle belts were used to establish a database for µRaman spectroscopy analysis, which will enable a quantification and qualification approach for future research.

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SSF-Svalbard Science Forum