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.

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