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Coastal Erosion modelling in Hiorthhamn, Longyearbyen (Svalbard)

Tildelt: kr 77 999

The field work activities will be located in the shoreline of Hiorthhamn, to the northeast shore of Adventfjord, 3 km far from Longyearbyen. This area retains the archaeological remains of coal-mining activities dating from 1902. One of the objects of cultural heritage in Hiorthhamn is Taubanestasjonen, an object of highest conservation value. Taubanestasjonen is currently at extreme risk of coastal erosion, and Store Norske Kulkompani as the owner is considering to relocate the structure up-hill form the coast line. The questions will be where and when the object should be moved. The field work will be used to collect field data on bathymetry, wave climate, beach geometry and sediments in the sea. We will use these data as input for a numerical model, which will forecast erosion rates for the next 10-50 years. Developing a model that can foresee the future of Hiorthhamn shoreline, will be useful for SNKS in determining the distance they need to move Taubanestasjonenj.

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