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.
- 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 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)