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; 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.

Upcoming activities

  • 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.