Kinnvika / Vestfonna 2009 Expeditions
by Veijo Pohjola and KINNVIKA members
The 2009 Kinnvika / Vestfonna expeditions comprised totally 39 individuals that spent 439 man-days in Kinnvika, during two spring/winter legs and three summer legs. Five persons joined both spring and summer operations. Transportation was provided by helicopter flights, 11 flights by Airlift, and 6 flights by the Norwegian Coast Guard from KV Svalbard. Ships used for transport were KV Svalbard, RV Horyzont and MS Farm. Weather crippled the first spring leg to only 3 long workdays on Vestfonna, while all other legs had better weather conditions.
Icebergs in Hinlopen strait leaving Kinnvika after closure of the station midnight 15 August, 2009.
Photo Veijo Pohjola.
The spring operations were initially planned into three different legs, 1. A snowmobile mechanic team, with aim to set the machinery in Kinnvika into operable function, 2. A first science leg comprising Finnish-Swedish-US teams, and 3. A German-Polish team. The plan to best utilize the snowmachine park of Kinnvika consisting of 11 more or less maneuverable vehicles after the rough 2008 campaign was found best to be satisfied by spreading the teams into different legs.
The summer expeditions comprised totally 29 individuals, in three legs. The first leg of German and US glaciologists/climatologists was flown in by Airlift 4th August to Kinnvika with a task to empty the data from their instruments. Their initial plan was to fly to the depot at Donckerfjellet, but fog over Nordaustlandet called the extension to Doncker off.
RIBbing on Murchinson Bay, Jörgen in the front, and the Finnish crews behind.
Photo Veijo Pohjola.
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Team reports from the 2009 activities
Report from Snow and Ice Studies on Kinnvika spring 2009 field campaign
Emilie Beaudon – PhD student – Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
(April 14th – May 19th)
Participants on the spring 2009 field campaign:
Associated colleague: Pr John Moore, Arctic Centre, Rovaniemi
Investigate the spatial and temporal variability of snow and ice chemical properties on Vestfonna. The results will be linked to meteorological studies performed during the IPY:
Field work 2009:
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Kinnvika spring 09 team (first leg), from left to right: Åke Wallin, Denis Samyn, Emilie Beaudon,
Rickard Pettersson, Veijo Pohjola, Janne Johansson, Bob McNabb. (Photo: Emilie Beaudon).
Climatology Team Report from the field campaign spring 2009
(May 10th – May 29th)
Participants on the spring 2009 field campaign
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Climatology Team Report from the field campaign summer 2009
(July 31st – August 19th)
Participants on the summer 2009 field campaign:
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Quaternary geology team
Veli-Pekka Salonen: Group leader/University of Helsinki
Antti Ojala: Senior researcher/Geological Survey of Finland
Anu Kaakinen: Post-doctoral researcher/University of Helsinki
Seija Kultti: Post-doctoral researcher/University of Helsinki
Frauke Kubischta: PhD Student/University of Helsinki
Tomi Luoto: PhD-student/University of Helsinki
Petteri Saario: Director, documentary maker/DocArt
Anton Leppälä: Cinematographer
Piotr Glowacki: Institute of Geophysics, Warszawa
Mateusz Moskalik: Institute of Geophysics, Warszawa
Jaroslaw Tegowski: Inst. of Oceanography, University of Gdansk,
1) To revisit and perform additional logging and sampling on sections recovered in 2007
2) To obtain lake sediment cores for reconstruction of Holocene temperatures using chironomid remains
3) To sample wood, bone and shell material from beach terraces to establish a glacioisostatic uplift curve for Murchisonfjorden
4) To perform marine coring in Isvika basin for foraminifera and other paleomarine studies
5) To sample till and bedrock to study mineral magnetic properties of clastic sediments
6) To explore islands in Murchisonfjorden for additional sections
See the Quaternary geology team report with photos.
The Paleontology Team Summer 2009
Participants: Svend Stouge, Lars Holmer and Jørgen Løye Christiansen
Purpose of trip: to investigate and establish the stratigraphy of the exposed lower Palaeozoic sediments in Murchisonfjorden, Nordaustlandet.
Background: The Lower Palaeozoic sediments exposed in Murchisonfjorden on Svalbard are practically unknown and - until now - have been referred to the Krossøya and Sparreneset units, respectively considered as Cambrian and Ordovician in age.
See the Paleontology team report with photos.
Time-lapse Camera Team Report, Kinnvika 2009
by Bob McNabb, University of Alaska Fairbanks
The goal of this expedition was to install two time-lapse cameras near the terminus of Franklinbreen, Vestfonna. The images from the cameras will provide a record of calving at Franklinbreen for the summer, and will be used to obtain terminus position, ice velocity, and calving fluxes. Bob McNabb of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF) was the only member of the camera team present at Kinnvika. Veijo Pohjola, Rickard Pettersson of Uppsala University, Sweden assisted in installing the camera boxes.
The cameras are Canon EOS 40D with fixed 28mm lenses, attached to a timer set to take a photograph every 30 minutes. The boxes are mounted on top of surveying tripods, which are secured with rock cairns to prevent them from tipping over in high winds. Camera A is located at 80.091N, 019.195E, elevation 113 m. Camera B is located at 80.073N, 019.255E, elevation 37 m. The 32GB flash cards will be switched out at the end of the summer, when Regine Hock of the Geophysical Institute, UAF will visit Svalbard.
Photo: Robert McNabb - Veijo Pohjola, Denis Samyn, and Rickard Pettersson securing Camera B with a rock cairn.