Research on glaciers
Norwegian Polar Institute are studying the glaciers' mass and distribution, and how climate change affects them from year to year. Old ice in glaciers can also be used as a climate archive, and as indicators of the prevalence of contaminants.
The mass balance of a glacier is like a bank account with deposits and withdrawals. The deposis or accumulation of a glacier/ice sheet, comes in the form of snow.
- Arctic climate system study of ocean, sea ice and glaciers interactions in Svalbard area
- Physiological effects of plastic loading in northern fulmars, Fulmarus glacialis: A comparative study of colonies across a range of latitudes
- Sensitivity of Svalbard glaciers to climate change (SvalGlac)
Latest articles on glaciers
New ESA satellite takes its very first image over Austfonna, Svalbard
Only 2 hours after switching on the radar on ESA’s newly launched satellite, Sentinel-1B, gave the scoop of its very first image to Svalbard by imaging the ice cap Austfonna and the island Edgeøya in great detail.
New executive director of Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC)
Lawrence Hislop has been appointed as the new Executive Director of CliC.
Workshop about taking the next step to the snow research
The main idea of this workshop was to bring mostly early career and young researchers focusing on different thematics related to snow: physic, chemistry, microbiology and glaciology.
Surge of the century
Radar satellite images have been collected nearly daily since 2010 over Austfonna, the largest glacier in Svalbard, and in Europe. This imagery has been put together in a film to show a glacier "surge".