Scientific goals

The aim was to expand the monitoring net of various global change parameters, especially towards the High Arctic since this area naturally has a sparse coverage. The focus became Nordaustlandet, due to its extreme position. In contrast to a variety of extensive research and monitoring activities in southern and western Svalbard, very little research has focused on the northeastern part of Svalbard during the last decades. This is probably due to difficult access and logistics.

The initiative was meant to provide a broad scientific and logistic platform around which a number of research and monitoring activities could be centered in a truly interdisciplinary manner. With the promising response to call for interest in our project, we managed to form 11 different work packages which are represented in the special issue of Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, Volume 93, Issue 4, Pages 201–354.

The project received about 4 million € in funding and resulting in the 1305 person-days spent working at Kinnvika.

Fieldwork during the 2008 expedition. Photo Veijo Pohjola

Group photo of the 2009 expedition. Photo Emilie Beaudon.