The Ny-Ålesund Glaciology Flagship is one of four NySMAC flagship programs. The aims for the flagship are to coordinate and integrate international and national glaciological research, in Ny-Ålesund, but in all areas of Svalbard.

The primary aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from the various international groups studying Svalbard glacier mass balance and snow accumulation and melt, to promote better collaboration and cooperation between the groups. The secondary aim is to compare results of Svalbard snow and mass balance models, both with each other and to field measurements.

All are welcome to attend talks, but if you plan to be formally part of the workshop please register.

Provisional schedule

Thursday Nov.  7  
  Jack Kohler Introductory remarks
  Jack Kohler Bedrock and bathymetry compilation for Svalbard
  Pierre-Marie Lefeuvre High-temporal dynamic response of two Svalbard tidewater glaciers to changes in ocean dynamics and glacier melt
  Florian Tolle Snow cover, mass balance and sediment transport monitoring in the Austre Lovénbreen basin using Lidar and SfM-derived DEMs
  Małgorzata Błaszczyk Factors controlling terminus position of Hansbreen, Svalbard
  Shridhar Jawak Geospatial mapping of surface facies of glaciers from Svalbard
  Ashley Morris Spread of Svalbard glacier mass loss to Barents Sea margins revealed by CryoSat-2
  Andreas Alexander Sensing drifters for glacial hydrology measurements
  Jakub Malecki Mass balance research programme on Svenbreen, Central Spitsbergen
  Geir Moholdt Marine mass balance of Svalbard glaciers
  Emily Geyman Reconstructing Svalbard’s historical ice cover through SfM techniques
  Thomas Schuler Glacier sliding beyond Iken’s bound
Friday Nov. 8  
  Ward van Pelt Future climatic mass balance, snow conditions and runoff in Svalbard
  Veijo Pohjola Observations of the Lomonosovfonna firn aquifer: preliminary results
  Michał Ciepły Influence of marine factors on the process of Hansbreen calving
  Jack Kohler Impact of tidewater glacier retreat on the fjord system: present and future circulation in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard
  Dariusz Ignatiuk SIOS data management and glaciers core data.
  Discussion and summary

On the agenda we will present and discuss the following:

  • Ongoing mass balance research projects, both field-based and modeling.
  • Remote sensing techniques relevant for field programs and modelling
  • Frontal ablation/calving for the overall mass balance
  • Innovative techniques (e.g. mapping using Surface from Motion, UAVs, terrestrial LiDAR)
  • Strategy for future funding of collaborative research.
  • As well as having a dedicated discussion on the SSF strategic objectives

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