The Research Council of Norway and Svalbard Science Forum (SSF) in collaboration with The Norwegian Polar Institute and The Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC) invite you to inspire and be inspired.

The goal is to stimulate and inspire in a way that advances research from Svalbard. Together with updates on plans and the latest from the frontier of research, we expect your active participation in presentations from ongoing and planned projects, poster session and stimulating decisions.

We invite you to give presentations from ongoing and planned projects, contribute to poster sessions and participate in discussions. The deadline for submission of abstracts was 10 August and is now closed.

Practicalities

The Svalbard Science Conference is free, but you cover accommodation and travel expenses. We encourage participants to stay at the conference hotel Scandic Fornebu (here). Booking code for discounted rates: BFOR141117. Conference rate is available until 23 October.

On 7 November the National Contact Points (NCP) for Societal Challenge 5 in Horizon 2020 will man a help desk.

The secretariat of Svalbard Science Forum will have a help desk throughout the conference and can provide support on RiS and SSF funding mechanisms in addition to information on infrastructures and activities.

Other organizations who wish to share written material or man a desk can contact the secretariat for further information.



Conference secretariat: Contact Carina Leander, email: cle@rcn.no, phone: +47 993 89 202 

 
 
 

We are pleased to see that many have shown interest in participating at the conference.

Registration is currently full, but please sign up and you will receive direct mail when participation is possible.

 

 

Information

Place
Scandic Fornebu, Oslo
Time
From Monday November 6th 2017 at 11:30
To Wednesday November 8th 2017 at 16:00
Deadline
Thursday November 2nd 2017 at 00:00

Activity is finished and you can no longer register.

  • Monday 6 November - Setting the stage

  • 10:30-11:30

    Registration

  • 11:30-12:30

    Lunch

  • 12:30-12:45

    High ambitions for Svalbard research

    Welcome by Director Christina I.M. Abildgaard, Research Council of Norway

    Welcome by Special Adviser Kirsten Broch Mathisen, Svalbard Science Forum

     

  • 12:45-14:00

    The relevance of Svalbard research meeting global challenges

    Svalbard - A Unique Location and Vantage Point for Polar Research.
    Dr. David Carlson

    Atmospheric Research from Svalbard in a Pan-Arctic Context - From Svalbard to Kigali.
    Dr. Cathrine Lund Myhre, NILU

    Connecting Svalbard with the future and the world.
    Prof. Jason Box, GEUS

  • 14:00-14:30

    Break/ Open APECS meeting

  • 14:30-15:20

    The importance of Svalbard research in the future

    Moderator: Ruth Astrid L. Sæter

    International dialogue addressing future plans for Svalbard research and funding possibilities. 

    Panel: Director Aleksandr Makarov (AARI); Dr. Julia Boike (AWI); Director Ole Arve Misund (NPI); Head of Unit Andrea Tilche (European Commission); Executive Director Fridtjof Fossum Unander (RCN)

  • 15:20-17:10

    Tool Box: new tools, methods, platforms to conduct research in Svalbard

    The session will highlight new “tools”, new methods, new technologies, new platforms etc. which can be used to do science in a new way, more coordinated way, a more shared way.

    From vision to action: New SIOS products for ESS research, Dr. Christiane Hübner (SIOS)
    Efficient and innovative use of drones for scientific data collection in the Arctic, Dr. Rune Storvold (NORUT)
    Autonomous technology for documenting the environment in the Arctic, Prof. Martin Ludvigsen (NTNU)
    New ways of finding collaborators through RiS, Margrete Nilsdatter Skaktavl Keyser (SSF/RiS)
    New and plentiful opportunities for Arctic research through Horizon 2020, Janicke Giæver (RCN)
    New ways of coupling research and education, Associate Prof. Pernille Bronken Eidesen (UNIS)
    New ways of staying safe, Ann Christin Auestad (Arctic Safety Centre)
    Improved image geometry of Sentinel-2 data for Norway and Svalbard, Dr. Anna Maria Trofaier (SIOS)
    Dynamic graphics for improved data visualization, Prof. Michael Greenacre (UPF, Barcelona & Akvaplan-niva)                                                 

  • 17:30-18:30

    Poster session

    How can my work contribute to others' research and what do I need from the others in order to advance and improve our activity?

     

  • 19:00-

    Dinner

  • Tuesday 7 November - Connecting Svalbard research - Invited speakers

      

  • 09:30-11:30

    From observation to integrated studies - wider use of data

    Chair: Prof. Børge Damsgård, UNIS.

    This session will explore and give examples of how comprehensive data is collected, processed and managed, so that it can be prepared for use in modelling investigations leading to integrative studies, which can answer the complex aspects of the Arctic in the Earth System. 

    Introduction by chair

    The Bayelva high Arctic permafrost long-term observation site: an opportunity for joint international research on permafrost, atmosphere, ecology and snow,
    Dr. Julia Boike, AWI
    Tundra shrubs in a warming climate: even simple sampling can be used for understanding integrated implications across the Arctic,
    Prof. Mads Forchhammer, UNIS
    There and back again. An illustration of needs for cross-scale and cross-discipline collaboration and data sharing,
    Dr. Arild Sundfjord, NPI
    Consilience – the unity of sciences for the Svalbard research,
    Prof. Jan Marcin Weslawski, IOPAN

    Panel and plenary discussion.

  • 11:30-12:30

    Lunch

  • 12:30-14:30

    Drivers of environmental changes - climatic and other human factors

    Chair: Dr. Cathrine Lund Myhre, NILU.

    Climate change, natural and anthropogenic, is the largest force modifying the Arctic environment. Additional drivers are less studied, but are not negligible either. In this session the interplay between the various drivers will be highlighted and investigated. 

    Introduction by chair

    The recent warming on Svalbard and its relation to atmospheric circulation and sea ice cover,
    Dr. Ketil Isaksen, MET
    Measurements on Svalbard to constrain the long-range transport of air pollutants into the Arctic
    Dr. Andreas Stohl, NILU
    Methane release related to retreat of the Svalbard – Barents Sea Ice Sheet,
    Prof. Karin Andreassen, UiT 
    Svalbard’s glaciers in a changing climate,
    Carleen H. Reijmer, Utrecht University

    Panel and plenary discussion.

     

  • 14:30-15:00

    Break

  • 15:00-17:00

    A global context for Svalbard research - connecting to the world

    Chair: Prof. Jun Inoue, NIPR.

    Processes in the Arctic have influences and teleconnections to mid latitudes and vice versa. This session will highlight the interconnectedness of Svalbard with mid-Europe and other southerly latitudes.

    Introduction by chair

    Symptoms of Arctic Amplification observed in Ny-Ålesund,
    Dr. Marion Maturilli, AWI
    Atmospheric linkages between the Arctic and mid-latitudes,
    Prof. Timo Vihma, FMI
    Skilful prediction of northern climate provided by the ocean,
    Prof. Tor Eldevik, UiB
    The AC3 project: why is the Arctic warming faster than the mid latitudes?,
    Prof. Susanne Crewell, University of Cologne


    Panel and plenary discussion.

  • 17:00-18:00

          Poster session

  • 19:00-

    Dinner

  • Wednesday 8 November - Thematic research and cooperation within and across disciplines - Parallel sessions

      

  • 08:45-09:00

    The icebreaker wessel Kronprins Haakon, a new platform for Arctic science, Director Ole Arvid Misund (NPI)

  • 09:00-10:20

    Chair: Dr. Maarten Loonen, Chair of Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC)

    Introduction to NySMAC,
    Dr. Maarten Loonen, University of Groningen – Arctic and Antarctic studies

    The interconnectedness and future plans of Atmosphere research in Svalbard,
    Dr. Roland Neuber, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research.

    Overview of Svalbard glaciological research,
    Dr. Jack Kohler, Norwegian Polar Institute

    The interconnectedness and future plans of Marine research in Svalbard,
    Prof. Kai Bischof, University of Bremen – Marine Botany


    Joining forces to strengthen our science and terrestrial research in Svalbard,
    Dr. Maarten Loonen, University of Groningen – Arctic and Antarctic studies

     

  • 10:20-10:40

    Break

  • 10:40-16:45

    Atmosphere research in Svalbard

    Chair: Dr. Roland Neuber, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research

    Research on the Atmosphere above Svalbard covers all altitudes from the ground to the ionosphere and investigates processes on short and long time scales. Long-term observations together with process studies, to understand physical and chemical processes, are key pieces in trying to understand the rapid climate changes we have seen in the Arctic the last decades. As Arctic surface temperatures increase twice as fast as in mid latitudes, their spatial and temporal developments are influenced by changes in atmosphere composition, sea ice cover and ocean temperatures, and connected to processes across latitudes and altitudes.

    This session will consist of three parts. Part one will include presentations from ongoing or planned projects. Part 2 will allow us to convene in thematic groups to advance the collaborative actions. Part 3, a poster session, will be open for all kinds of presentations and atmosphere topics.

     

                        
    10:40-11:00 Boundary Layer measurements on Svalbard, Alexander Schulz, AWI

    11:00-11:15 Cloud-aerosol-boundary layer research, Sang-Jong Park, Korea Polar Research Institute
                       
    11:15-11:30 Understanding Arctic Clouds using Observations and Modelling, Kerstin Ebell, University of Cologne

    11:30-11:45 Aerosol vertical profiles in the Arctic, David Cappelletti, University of Perugia

    11:45-12:00 Molecular Steps of Secondary Aerosol Formation, Mikko Sipilä, University of Helsinki

    12:00-13:00 Lunch

          13:00-13:15 Spatial distribution of impurity content, physical and chemical properties of seasonal snow
                             across
     Svalbard, Jean-Charles Gallet, NPI

    13:15-13:30 What's Svalbard snow can tell us, Andrea Spolaor, CNR, IDPA

    13:30-13:45 Sources of Aerosols in Snow across Svalbard in 2015-16 winter, Christian Zdanowicz,
                       Uppsala University

          13:45-14:00 Transport and trends of emerging organic contaminants in the Arctic, Zhiyong Xie, 
                             Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht

          14:00-14:15 Monitoring of Persistent organic pollutants using XAD-2 resin passive air sampler, 
                             Qinghua Zhang, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences

          14:15-14:30 UV observations on Svalbard, Georg Hansen, NILU
                      
          14.30-14:45 Climate development in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Eirik J. Førland, Norwegian Meteorological Institute

          14:45-15:00 Pan-Svalbard temperature differences, Sandro Dahlke, AWI

     

    15:00-15:30 Break

     

    15:30-15:45 Spatial variability of XXI century land surface temperature (LST) trends on Svalbard based on
                       MODIS data, Alfred Stach, Adam Mickiewicz University
                      
    15:45-16:00 Influence of Atmospheric Circulation Changes on wintertime Arctic sea ice and climate,
                        Christophe Leroy-Dos Santos, Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement

    Speed Poster Presentations

    16:00-16:45 A speedy one page – one minute – one person stage race to attract you to posters

  • 10:40-16:45

    Terrestrial research in Svalbard

    Chair: Dr. Maarten Loonen, University of Groningen – Arctic and Antarctic studies

    Less ice covering the fjords and more icing on land. More precipitation as rain and earlier snow melt. These trends cascade through the food web of microbes, insects, birds, herbivores and predators. How can we quantify these changes towards input of global models?

    Thawing permafrost can release climatically active gasses, but higher temperatures can increase peat formation. What are the predicted effects of temperature, plant growth, microbes, grazing and decomposition on the net carbon balance?

    The format will be a few 20 min. oral presentations and 5 min. poster presentations on ideas and data, which can be used in the following discussion on the next step in cooperation. Part of the session will be used to draft research proposals on both themes to improve funding for international cooperation in terrestrial research.

    10:40-11:00 Landscape change and the emission of greenhouse gases in Central Spitsbergen, 
                        Andrew Jonathan Hodson, UNIS

    11:00-11:20 Ecosystem carbon cycle in Brøgger Peninsula, Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Takayuki Nakatsubo, 
                       Hiroshima University

    11:20-11:40 The land-atmosphere exchange of methane and carbon dioxide at the Adventdalen ice-wedge site, 
                       Svalbard, Norbert Pirk, University of Oslo

    11:40-11:45 Very high nitrification and denitrification potentials of soils on the talus under a kittiwake-cliff
                        in Ny-Ålesund, Kentaro Hayashi, Institute for Agro-Environmental Sciences, NARO

    11:45-11:50 Preliminary report for measurements of soil CO2 concentrations throughout the year at Ny-Ålesund,
                        Masaki Uchida, National Institute of Polar Research

    11:50-11:55 tbc

    11:55-12:00 Correlates of spatiotemporal variation in ground ice in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Bart Peeters, NTNU

     

    12:00-13:00 Lunch


    13:00-13:05 tbc

    13:05-13:10 Spatially distributed monitoring of snow covered area and ground thermal regime around
                        Ny-Ålesund, Sebastian Westermann, University of Oslo 

    13:10-13:15 Dynamics of snow cover characteristics exerting influence on stability of the permafrost on Svalbard,
                        Nikolay Osokin, Institute of Geography RAS

    13:15-13:20 Photosynthetic performances and isotopic signature in Arctic plant species, Angela Augusti, 
                        Institute of Agro-environmental and Forest Biology – CNR

    13:20-13:40 Snow-vegetation-permafrost interactions on Svalbard, insights from a snow manipulation experiment
                       and remote sensing, Frans-Jan W. Parmentier, The Arctic University of Norway

    13:40-14:00 The importance of annual and shorter term temperature patterns and variation in the surface levels
                        of polar soils for polar terrestrial biota, Peter Convey, British Antarctic Survey

    14:00-14:20 Pollution in terrestrial Arctic ecosystem: Collembolas as recipients of marine pollution via bird cliffs,
                       and their susceptibility to effects, Silje Marie Kristiansen, University of Oslo

    14:20-14:25 Russian investigation of lichens on Nordaustlandet (Svalbard), Liudmila Konoreva,
                       The Polar-Alpine Botanical Garden and Institution 

    14:25-14:30 The study of Svalbard local moss diversity and possbilities for cooperation with other researches,
                        Olga Belkina, Polar-Alpine Botanical Garden and Institute, Kola Science Center,
                        Russian Academy of Sciences

    14:30-14:35 Remote Sensing of plant functional diversity, Eefje de Goede, Leiden University

    14:35-14:40 Characteristics of species composition and community structure on Austre Lovénbreen Glacier
                        foreland, Svalbard, Yi-Feng Yao, Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences


    14:40-14:45 Airborne contaminants in terrestrial environments in Svalbard, Edyta Lokas, 
                        Institute of Nuclear Physics Polish Academy of Sciences

    14:45-14:50 Systemic pattern of environmental pollution: organoclorines and heavy metals in soils and plants of
                       Barentsburg and surrounding area, Andrey S. Demeshkin, RPA "Typhoon"

    14:50-14:55 Effect of migration strategy on pollutant concentrations in eggs of Arctic breeding barnacle geese
                       (Branta leucopsis), Daniel Hitchcock, University of Oslo

    14:55-15:00 tbc

                         

    15:00-15:20 Break


    15:20-15:40 Climate-Ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra (COAT), Åshild Ønvik Pedersen, NPI

    15:40-16:00 Synchronous fluctuations but diverging trends: spatial patterns of Svalbard reindeer population
                       dynamics under recent climate change, Brage Bremset Hansen, NTNU

    16:00-16:20 The impact of geese on aquatic biodiversity in the high Arctic, Thomas C. Jensen, NINA

    16:20-16:40 Density and climate interactions influence barnacle goose population dynamics, Kate
                       Layton-Matthews, NTNU

    16:40-16:45 Effects of simulated pink-footed goose grubbing and climate warming on ecosystem process rates of
                       three High Arctic plant communities, Matteo Petit Bon, UNIS

  • 10:40-16:45

    Marine research in Svalbard

    Chair: Prof. Kai Bischof, University of Bremen – Marine Botany

    Progressing Atlantification, retreat of tidal glaciers, and changing contaminant loads are impacting Svalbard fjord systems, particularly on the western shores of the archipelago. In Kongsfjorden, recent hydrographic changes produced a pronounced influx of Atlantic water into the fjord system during winter, which may have driven the cold system (prior to 2006) to a “warm system” with winter temperatures above freezing and little landfast ice in the fjord. As a consequence, the locally adapted flora and fauna will progressively need to compete with boreal species.

    This session is meant to gather baseline information on and allow for networking within the research priorities mentioned in the call for abstract. After the presentation of current research activities and plans in a number of talks, time will be allotted encouraging participants to team-up and discuss and advance project ideas directed to the topics mentioned in the call for abstract.

     

    10:40-11:00 Integrated Observations: traditional time series and new technologies, Finlo Cottier,
                       Scottish Association for Marine Science, UiT

    11:00-11:20 Changes and variability of fast ice extent and thickness over the last two decades in  
                        Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, Sebastian Gerland, NPI

    11:20-11:40 History of heavy metal accumulation in the Svalbard area: distribution, origin and transport
                       pathways, Agata Zaborska, Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Sciences

    11:40-12:00 The importance of tidewater glaciers on the Kongsfjorden system: proposal for a new   
                        working group under the Kongsfjorden system flagship, Harald Steen, NPI

    12:00-13:00 Lunch


    13:00-13:15 Land-fjord interaction and the impact of changing sedimentation rates on fjord
                       environments – an integrated study of Arctic sediment transport from land to sea,
                       Maria Jensen, UNIS

    13:15-13:30 Where land meets sea: Effects of terrestrial inputs on Svalbard’s coastal
                        ecosystems, Amanda Poste, NIVA

    13:30-13:45 Dense water plumes SW off Spitsbergen Archipelago (Arctic) in 2014-2017
                       Manuel Bensi, National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics - OGS

    13:45-14:00 Morphodynamics and sedimentary processes in arctic transitional environments:
                       Dicksonfjorden, Svalbard, Kyungsik Choi, Seoul National University

    14:00-14:15 From the dark side - polar night research in Kongsfjorden
                       Malin Daase, UiT

    14:15-14:30 Muddy Waters: Plankton and nutrient dynamics below the brown plumes infront of active  
                       tidewater glaciers in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, Haakon Hop, NPI

    14:30-14:45 Arctic phytoplankton under multiple stressors – insights from 4 years of field
                       work in Ny-Ålesund, Clara J.M. Hoppe, AWI

    14:45-15:00 Warming and Ocean Acidification Effects in the Seaweed Community of West
                       Spitsbergen, Francisco JL Gordillo, University of Malaga

    15:00-15:30 Break

    15:30-15:45 Svalbard marine mammals and climate change, Kit M. Kovacs, NPI

    15:45-16:00 Black-legged kittiwakes as messengers of Atlantification in Kongsfjorden, 
                       Mikko Vihtakari, NPI

    16:15-16:30 Settlements on Svalbard as sources for emerging contaminants,
                       Anita Evenset, Akvaplan-niva

    16:30-16:45 Bioerosion patterns in a polar carbonate factory (Mosselbukta, Svalbard), 
                       Neele Meyer, Senckenberg am Meer

               

  • 10:40-16:45

    Glaciological research in Svalbard

    Chair: Dr. Jack Kohler, Norwegian Polar Institute

    Liestøl Symposium: integrating field measurements, remote sensing, and models of Svalbard glacier mass balance.

    Glaciers cover about 60% of Svalbard and most of them are clearly shrinking. Changes in glacier extent, surface properties and meltwater runoff have implications on Arctic ecosystems, the surface energy budget, and global sea level change. To assess these impacts, we need a better knowledge of past and future changes in the Arctic glacier systems and their link with ongoing climate change.

    The format 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.

    10:40-11:00 Introduction, Jack Kohler, NPI

    11:00-11:20 The start of Norwegian glaciological research on Svalbard, Olav Orheim

    11:20-11:40 The history of direct mass balance time series in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Jon Ove Hagen, 
                        University of Oslo

    11:40-12:00 Current status of Svalbard glacier mass balance and needs for future assessments,
                        Thomas Vikhamar Schuler, University of Oslo 


    12:00-13:00 Lunch

    13:00-13:20 Coupled Atmosphere – Climatic Mass Balance Modeling of Svalbard
                       Glaciers, Kjetil S. Aas, University of Oslo

    13:20-13:40 A high-resolution dataset of climatic mass balance, snow conditions and
                       runoff in Svalbard between 1957 and 2017, Ward van Pelt, Uppsala University

    13:40-14:00 Geodetic measurements at Svalbard. Implications for glaciology and solid
                        Earth sciences, Halfdan P. Kierulf, Norwegian Mapping Authority

    14:00-14:20 Climate and surface energy balance of Nordenskiöldbreen, Svalbard: 10 years
                        of in situ observations, C.H. Reijmer, Utrecht University Institute for Marine
                        and Atmospheric research Utrecht

    14:20-14:40 Detection of Svalbard glaciers on satellite imagery with subpixel accuracy,
                       Julian Podgórski, Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences

    14:40-15:00 MODIS detection of Svalbard glacier snowlines, Jack Kohler, NPI

     

    15:00-15:30 Break

    15:30-15:50 Monitoring the cryosphere on Svalbard using environmental seismology,
                       Andreas Köhler, University of Oslo           

    15:50-16:10 The CalvingSEIS project: Glacier dynamic ice loss quantified through
                        seismic eyes, Christopher Nuth, University of Oslo 

    16:10-16:30 Seismic and infrasonic monitoring of glacier destruction, Andrey Fedorov, 
                        Kola Branch of Geophysical Survey of Russian Academy of Sciences

         
          Posters
           
          16:30-16:50 Spatial and temporal variability of ablation based on the Waldemar Glacier
                             (Kaffiøyra, Svalbard), Marta Majerska, Nicolaus Copernicus University 
     

                       Mass balance observation of Aldegonda Glacier and West Grønfjord Glacier,
                       West Svalbard, Gleb Tarasov, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute

          Calibration and validation of interferometric synthetic aperture radar altimetry for
          mass balance estimation in Svalbard – preliminary results, Ashley Morris, NPI

          Glacier front detection through mass continuity and remote sensing, Bas Altena,
          University of Oslo

          Subglacial hydrology and spatiotemporal variation of fresh water flux
          to Kongsfjorden, Ankit Pramanik, NPI

          Geodetic constraints on ice-mass changes on Svalbard, Kristian Breili, 
          Norwegian Mapping Authority

          Characterising size and frequency of calving events based on high
          temporal time-lapse and automatic image processing, Pierre-Marie Lefeuvre, 
          University of Oslo 

          Isotopic signatures, physical-chemical features and flow rates of glacial
          drainages in the Ny-Ålesund area, Svalbard, Marco Doveri,
          National Research Council of Italy – Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources

          Dynamics of snow cover characteristics exerting influence on stability of
          the permafrost on Svalbard, Nikolay Osokin, Institute of Geography RAS

          Monitoring Glacier Displacement in Western Svalbard Using Landsat 8 and Sentinel-1 Data,
          ZHOU Chunxia, Chinese Antarctic Center of Surveying and Mapping, Wuhan University

          Long-term glacier mass-balance monitoring of Austre Lovénbreen glacier in Ny-Ålesund Svalbard,
          Li Zhongqin, Wuhan University

         High temporal and spatial interferometric radar measurements of Kronebreen, Spitsbergen, 
         Rune Gundersen, Ispas

  • 16:45-17:15

    Break

  • 17:15-17:45

    Using Svalbard for educating the next generation of Arctic Scientists

    Concluding session by Prof. Hanne H. Christiansen, UNIS

  • Thursday 9 November - Side events - open for all conference participants

      

  • 09:00-17:00

    Atmosphere research in Svalbard Chair: Dr. Roland Neuber, Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, and the Atmosphere Flagship in Ny-Ålesund.

    Tentative schedule:

    09:00     Introduction and goals for the day

    09:15     Establishment of today’s discussion groups

    10:30     Joint coffee break

    11:00     discussion groups continued

    12:00     joint lunch break

    13:00     discussion groups continued

    14:30     Coffee break

    Individual discussions and wrap ups

    17:00     Adjourn

    Suggested Discussion groups:

    • Long term observations and trends, and radiation budget relevant parameters
      Marion Maturilli, AWI
    • Boundary Layer meteorology (in situ + remote sensing)
      from small scale mass and energy fluxes to BL structure (in-situ + remote sensing)
      Angelo Viola, CNR
    • Clouds and aerosol observations: what we can learn about aerosol-clouds and clouds-aerosol interactions from combining remote sensing and in-situ observations     
      Kerstin Ebell, Univ. Cologne and David Cappelletti, Univ. Perugia
    • Aerosol life cycle (remote sensing and in-situ observations, NyA & Zeppelin, special case of July 2015 biomass burning event)                              
      Christoph Ritter, AWI and Radovan Krejci, U. Stockholm
    • Snow & Atmosphere (from removal to deposition and redistribution in snow and ice)
      C. Gallet, NPI
    • Atmosphere Composition, green house and trace gases, O3 & UV
      Georg Hansen,  NILU
    • Upper atmosphere / ionosphere ??

  • 09:00-11:00

    Terrestrial research in Svalbard Chair: Dr. Maarten Loonen, University of Groningen and the Terrestrial Ecosystem in Ny-Ålesund

    Informal discussion on research priorities and interdisciplinary research initiatives working towards a proposal for funding by the Svalbard Strategic Grant for the Terrestrial Flagship activities in Ny-Ålesund (deadline 22 Nov 2017).

  • 09:00-17:00

    Liestøl Symposium: integrating field measurements, remote sensing, and models of Svalbard glacier  mass balance  Chair: Dr. Jack Kohler, Norwegian Polar Institute and the Glaciology flagship in Ny-Ålesund.

           

    09:00-09:20 On problems with mass balance studies of Svalbard tidewater glaciers, Jacek A. Jania,
                        University of Silesia, Faculty of Earth Sciences – Centre for Polar Studies

    09:20-09:40 Glacier-freshwater runoff: a possible driver of autumn phytoplankton blooms in seas
                        around Svalbard, Thorben Dunse, University of Oslo

    09:40-10:00 Seals like plumes, Alistair Everett, NPI

    10:00-10:30 Break

     

    10:30-10:50 Geophysical seafloor mapping applications in the fjords and shelf of Svalbard,
                        Riko Noormets, UNIS

    10:50-11:10 Long Term Underwater Sensing (LoTUS) at calving fronts in western Spitsbergen,
                        Nina Kirchner, Stockholm University

    11:10-11:30 Terrestrial and airborne remote sensing of calving glaciers in Svalbard, Tom Rune Lauknes,
                        Norut

    11:30-12:30 Lunch

    12:30-12:50 Late Cenozoic geodynamics in Svalbard: interplay of glaciation, seafloor spreading and mantle
                        convection, Alexander Minakov, University of Oslo

    12:50-13:10 Holocene glacier fluctuations reconstructed from lake sediment at Kløsa and Vårfluesjøen,
                       Spitsbergen, Torgeir Opeland Røthe, University of Bergen

    13:10-13:30 Two decades of Svalbard ice core studies – progress and remaining challenges,
                        Elisabeth Isaksson, NPI

    13:30–13:50 New photogrammetric methods and the use of old photographs for quantitative analyses of
                        glacier changes, Per Holmlund, Stockholm University

    13:50-14:20 Break

     

    14:20-14:40 Sub-ice topography of Nordaustlandet, Svalbard derived from potential field modelling,
                       Marie-Andrée Dumais, Geological Survey of Norway

    14:40-15:00 Fresh water input to the Hornsund Fiord (Southern Spitsbergen), Malgorzata Blaszczyk,
                       University of Silesia

    15:00–15:20 Mass balance, dynamics and isotopic study of selected glaciers in Spitsbergen, Svalbard,
                        AL. Ramanthan, Jawaharlal Nehru University

    15:20–15:40 10 years of monitoring in the Austre Lovénbreen catchment: results, cooperations and perspectives,
                        Florian Tolle, Université de Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Laboratoire Théma

    15:40–16:00 A radio wave velocity model contributing to precise ice volume estimation on Svalbard glaciers,
                        Songtao Ai, Chinese Antarctic Center of Surveying and Mapping, Wuhan University

    16:00–16:20 The mass balance of Nordenskiöldbreen and Lomonosovfonna 2006-2017, Veijo A. Pohjola,
                        Uppsala university

    16:20-16:40 Thermal conductivity and water content of firn at Lomonosovfonna derived from subsurface
                        temperature measurements, Sergey Marchenko, Uppsala University

  • 09:00-12:00

    Kongsfjorden System in Ny-Ålesund Chair: Prof. Kai Bischof, University of Bremen, and the Kongsfjorden System in Ny-Ålesund.

    Informal discussion on research priorities and interdisciplinary research initiatives within the Kongsfjord Flagship.

  • 09:00-16:00

    Developing Arctic Observing systems – the role of Norwegian institutions, part of the “INTAROS-Norge” project funded by the Research Council of Norway. Chair: Prof. Stein Sandven, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC). As the conference venue is full, this workshop will take place at the premises of the Research Council, Drammensveien 288.

    Agenda

  • Advisory Scientific Committee:

    Prof. Kai Bischof (University of Bremen), Prof. Harald Ellingsen (SSF), Dr. Kim Holmén (SSF), Dr. Jack Kohler (NPI), Prof. Marek Lewandowski (SSF), Dr. Maarten Loonen (University of Groningen), Acting director Aleksandr Makarov (SSF), Dr. Roland Neuber (AWI), Dr. Christina Pedersen (NPI), Carina Leander (SSF secretariat) and Thorbjørn Gilberg (RCN).

     

Call for abstract submission

  • Submission of abstracts is closed

We invite abstracts for all conference topics (as listed in the abstract template). Contributions will emphasize cooperative, integrative and innovative research on Svalbard and beyond. We encourage all contributors to reflect on how their own work could contribute to other's research and what the specific needs from the others would be in order to advance and improve interaction between disciplines and Svalbard research in the Pan-Arctic.

We underline that the conference topics are Pan-Svalbard, but also recognize the research priorities and knowledge gaps identified for the four mentioned disciplines by NySMAC and described on the webpages of the four Ny-Ålesund flagships.

The presentation format on this conference will be posters and oral presentations.

Atmosphere research in Svalbard
Background
Research on the Atmosphere above Svalbard covers all altitudes from the ground to the ionosphere and investigates processes on short and long time scales. Long-term observations together with process studies, to understand physical and chemical processes, are key pieces in trying to understand the rapid climate changes we have seen in the Arctic the last decades. As Arctic surface temperatures increase twice as fast as in mid latitudes, their spatial and temporal developments are influenced by changes in atmosphere composition, sea ice cover and ocean temperatures, and connected to processes across latitudes and altitudes. 

Cooperation; Interdisciplinary and Interaction
This parallel session will address local, pan-Svalbard and pan-Arctic investigations from the smallest scales in space and time to hemispheric and millennium. In particular international and inter-institutional collaborations will be highlighted, which combine relevant sources for data analyses and interpretation or observational efforts.

This session will continue on Thursday with an open workshop on data analyses and interpretation and future campaign planning.

Terrestrial research in Svalbard
Background
Less ice covering the fjords and more icing on land. More precipitation as rain and earlier snow melt. These trends cascade through the food web of microbes, insects, birds, herbivores and predators. How can we quantify these changes towards input of global models?

Thawing permafrost can release climatically active gasses, but higher temperatures can increase peat formation. What are the predicted effects of temperature, plant growth, microbes, grazing and decomposition on the net carbon balance?

Cooperation; Interdisciplinary and Interaction
This parallel session will focus on two specific Arctic climate change themes.

Theme 1: carbon balance of arctic soils.
Theme 2: effects of snow and ice cover on food web interactions.

We challenge researchers from all disciplines, to link to these themes in the broadest sense.

Glaciology research in Svalbard
Background
Glaciers cover about 60% of Svalbard and most of them are clearly shrinking. Changes in glacier extent, surface properties and meltwater runoff have implications on Arctic ecosystems, the surface energy budget, and global sea level change. To assess these impacts, we need a better knowledge of past and future changes in the Arctic glacier systems and their link with ongoing climate change.

Cooperation; Interdisciplinary and Interaction
The aim of this parallel session is to enhance further international and interdisciplinary cooperation around the glaciology field measurement programs currently running in Svalbard. Most critically, we seek better interaction between the field, remote sensing, and modeling communities. We call for abstracts that identify research challenges and opportunities, with focus on data gaps and sources of uncertainty, identifying new techniques and instrumentation, and optimizing observation program methodology.

This session, which continues into the Liestøl Symposium the following two days, will facilitate discussion on unresolved problems in the field measurement programs, focusing on increased cooperation and coordination of activities to improve data consistency and reduce costs and environmental impact.

Marine research in Svalbard
Background
Progressing Atlantification, retreat of tidal glaciers, and changing contaminant loads are impacting Svalbard fjord systems, particularly on the western shores of the archipelago. In Kongsfjorden, recent hydrographic changes produced a pronounced influx of Atlantic water into the fjord system during winter, which may have driven the cold system (prior to 2006) to a “warm system” with winter temperatures above freezing and little landfast ice in the fjord. As a consequence, the locally adapted flora and fauna will progressively need to compete with boreal species.

Cooperation; Interdisciplinary and Interaction
This parallel session will gather the current knowledge on the marine coastal systems of Svalbard, and through increased collaboration facilitate upscaling in a pan-Arctic perspective. All abstracts addressing the Svalbard marine systems are welcome, but preferences are given to presentations addressing the following priority topics: Physical, chemical and ecological observations; Contaminant transport and deposition; Land-sea-atmosphere interactions; Seasonal control of the nutrient regime; Response to key environmental drivers and potential for acclimation and adaptation; Approaches in modelling of marine ecosystems.