Project Description: - Landform mapping of the periglacial and glacial structures using remote sensing / aerial photography and field observation - Genetic studies of ground ice using geochemical and stable isotope techniques - Studies of microbial life in extreme periglacial environment
We will select field sites representing typical periglacial and glacial landforms in the Ny Ålesund area after evaluation of remote sensing data (i.e. aerial photography). Mapping results from a previous Ny Ålesund based project (KOP 78 / 2002) will be used and extended. We have planned a first field period to Brøgger peninsula in 2003. The purpose of the fieldwork is to collect samples of sediment, ice, snow, and rain and to survey selected periglacial surface structures. Climate data from the AWI-Potsdam weather station (see KOL 11, J. Boike) will be implemented.
German Aerospace Center (DLR) (E. Hauber) UNIS (Dr H.H. Christiansen) University of Copenhagen, Inst. of Geography (J. W. Jeppesen)