A person makes a measurement on the ice. Photo.

Project description

Mass Flux through Nordenskiöldbreen, Svalbard

We study the mass flows through the 25 km long glacier Nordenskiöldbreen which flows out of the ice field Lomonosovfonna on the island of Spitsbergen. The underlying question we want to answer is how Arctic warming affects the ice system in this region. Today there are only a few series of measurements that extend longer than a few years from the northeastern parts of Svalbard. Satellite altimetri have shown that this region of Svalbard has a milder melting rate than the southwestern parts of the archipelago. We have had measurement campaigns and monitoring data on Nordenskiöldbreen since 1997. Our data is primarily from weather and snow pack stations, but also continuous GPS measurements of ice movements, campaigns of ice penetrating radar and ice core analysis.