Glaciology research

Arial view of the glacier Kronebreen in Svalbard
Photo: Elvar Ørn Kjartansson / Norwegian Polar Institute

Ny-Ålesund is an ideal site for glaciological research and monitoring; despite its remote location, it provides an excellent logistical base for fieldwork activities. 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.

Upcoming activities

  • 5-6 November 2019: Svalbard Science Conference, Oslo, Norway
  • Tentative 7-8 November 2019: The flagship have applied for funding for a two day workshop on Models and observations of snow and glacier mass balance. Stay tuned for the first circular.


  • The Glaciology flagship is applying for funding from SSF to have an add-on meeting to the Svalbard Science conference, 6-7 Nov. in Oslo.
  • Sign up for the Glaciology Flagship emaillist here. The current list is available from this link (Google Docs).