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.
- 6-9 November 2017: Svalbard Science Conference including the Liestøl Symposium (8-9 November).
- 8-9 November 2017: Liestøl Symposium - integrating field measurements, remote sensing, and models of Svalbard glacier mass balance. The format of the Symposium will be a number of 20 min. oral presentations, and a series of 5 min. talks summarizing poster presentations, all on Svalbard glacier mass balance. The workshop is named in honor of the pioneering Norwegian glaciologist Olav Liestøl (1916-2002), who initiated mass balance measurements in Svalbard in the 1950s, including the record from Austre Brøggerbreen, which in autumn 2017 will be 50 years long.
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 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)