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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
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
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
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
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.