Ny-Ålesund is an ideal site for glaciological research; despite its remote location, it provides an excellent logistical base for fieldwork programmes. Apart from large ice caps, the area around Ny-Ålesund offer most types of glaciers found in Svalbard and the high Arctic: fast-flowing, surge type, polythermal, and calving glaciers. Two Ny-Ålesund glaciers, Midtre Lovénbreen and Austre Bøggerbreen, have among the longest Arctic mass balance time-series in the world.
The Glasiology Flagship was established as part of the NySMAC Science plan for Ny-Ålesund at a workshop in Sommarøy, Norway in 2011. The flagship documents provides an overview of main scientific topics, knowledge gaps and suggestions for common integrated glaciology efforts.
Many relevant long-term measurements exist for these glaciers as well as the surge-type glacier Kongsvegen, and the tidewater glacier Kronebreen, part of the Holthedalfonna glacier system. The presence of glaciers with positive snow accumulation, such as Holtedahlfonna, together with a long record of mass balance measurements permit the recovery of ice core samples for paleoclimate reconstruction. The presence of annual snow, generally until the end of May, also makes Ny-Ålesund an ideal site to study snow evolution processes and to evaluate interaction between surface snow and atmosphere.
- Glacier mass balance
- Glacier dynamics
- Glacier hydrology
- Annual snow layer evolution
- Interaction between snow and atmosphere
- Ice cores (for climate and contaminant studies)
- Glacier biogeochemistry
- Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway. PI: . Mass balance for glaciers near Ny-Ålesund
- University of Oslo, Norway. PI: .
- CNRS, Universite de France-Comte, France. PI:
- Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland. PI:
- NCAOR, India. PI:
- Wuhan University, PI:
- Norwegian Polar Institute, PI:
- University of Oslo, PI:
|Nov 2017||Olav Liestøl Symposium||Oslo, Norway|
|Nov 2016||NÅGLAMB – Ny-Ålesund GLAcier Mass Balance workshop||Oslo, Norway|
|Nov 2016||Taking the next step in Svalbard snow research workshop||Gotenburg, Sweden|
|Oct 2014||Calving and surging glaciers||Netherland|
- , Norwegian Polar Institute (Chair)
- , Wuhan University (Co-chair)