Preludium

PROJECT TITLE:
The Importance Of Cryptogams In The Primary Succession Process On Glacier Forelands In Svalbard (acronym: CRYPTOGAM)

TEAM:
Paulina Wietrzyk – project leader.  Incredibly inquisitive. Polar enthusiast. 3rd Arctic Mission.  PhD candidate at the Prof. Z. Czeppe Department of Polar Research and Documentation at Jagiellonian University in Cracow (Poland); BSc in Biology and Geography (Jagiellonian University); MSc in Biology and Geology (Jagiellonian University).
Michał Węgrzyn – investigator. Incurable optimist. Addicted to being in polar conditions. 4th Arctic Mission. PhD at the Prof. Z. Czeppe Department of Polar Research and Documentation at Jagiellonian University in Cracow (Poland); BSc and MSc in Biology (Jagiellonian University).

DESTINATION:
Sverdrup Station in Ny-Ålesund (NW Spitsbergen, Svalbard).

RESEARCH AREA:
Glacier forelands in Kongsfjorden. Available by foot and boat.

TIME:
264 hours from 3.07.2017, 15:00 GMT.

TREATMENTS:
weather, wild polar beasts, lack of food, lack of energy, lack of hope, lack of koffein.

SUCCESS LEVEL: 0%
NUMBER OF COLLECTED SAMPLES: 0
NUMBER OF INVESTIGATED PLOTS: 0


TRAVELING NORTH

How many things need the polar researcher to conduct fieldwork in Svalbard? The answer is: too many. The photos below are showing how our luggage look before and after hours of packing:

Our research equipment.

Verification of prepared luggage. Of course cats stay home 🙂

Today afternoon, we will leave Poland and travel north to Svalbard, the land of the polar bear, where the sun does not set down and shines constantly for almost half of the year. Tomorrow morning we will reach Longyearbyen, from where we will continue our journey further north to Ny-Ålesund.


Travel destination.

Our mission is to collect data on species of cryptogams (lichens, bryophytes) and vascular plants which colonise the glacier moraines. Moreover, we will gather data on environmental factors that may affect process of primary succession.

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