Project aims indicate of changes of main terrestrial cryosphere components – glaciers and permafrost. Research on glaciers assumes both to inspect recent changes (mass balance, geometry, thermal structure and widely understood dynamics) and to reconstruct past events (especially in base on subaqual records in the marine-part forefields of the tide-water glaciers). Selected research results are part of the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS). The most widely studied are Waldemar Glacier, Irene Glacier and Elise Glacier. Several research aspects, such as geometry of glaciers are investigated for more than 30 years, since first NCU Polar Expedition in 1975. Permafrost investigations are focused on the depth of the summer active layer thawing and thermal properties of it. Selected results constitutes a part of Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM) programme.
Nicolaus Copernicus University Polar Station
winter and summer mass balance, changes in glaciers geometry (both, geodetic in-situ and remote sensing methods), thermal structure of glaciers (direct measurements and indirect features, e.g. icings formation monitoring), bathymetry of glaciers bays, active layer key features
Nicolaus Copernicus University (UNK)
Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM), World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS)