Glacial View

Our final sunrise above the ringing peaks of the Kobbefjord arrived under a pale blue sky. After a weekend hiking and collecting on steep terraced hills amid a tangle of lakes and fens, the tables and floors of the field station heap with lichens and mosses. Despite keeping the station’s furnace roaring to the temperature […]

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Tucked in the Kobbefjord

Skimming over the icy waters off the southwest coast of Greenland, I scarcely hear the whir of the twin outboard engines nor feel the wave chop as we enter the mouth of the Kobbefjord. My eyes are fixed on the distant, sheer enveloping peaks rising vertically from the sea. The summits glint in the sun […]

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Greetings from NIBIO Svanhovd Station in Norway

The four researchers from the AQUATERR project (see our homepage, Twitter, and ResearchGate for more info) who travelled to Kilpisjärvi Biological Station (see other post for more information) continued their journey to the Norwegian Lapland to collect even more Arctic emergent aquatic insects. We, Dr. Martin Kainz (Austria), Prof. Dominik Martin-Creuzburg (Germany), Dr. Margaux Mathieu-Resuge […]

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Greetings from Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Finland

Four researchers from the AQUATERR project (see more at our homepage, Twitter, and ResearchGate) embarked on a journey mid-June 2022 to the Finnish Laplands to collect Arctic emergent aquatic insects. We, Dr. Martin Kainz (Austria), Prof. Dominik Martin-Creuzburg (Germany), Dr. Margaux Mathieu-Resuge (France), and PhD candidate Tarn Preet Parmar (Germany) arrived in Kilpisjärvi to the […]

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Oriol Grau; blogging from Toolik, Alaska

I am a MSCA researcher of the research group ‘Plants and Ecosystems’ (PLECO) at the University of Antwerpen, Belgium. I focus on the impacts of permafrost thaw on the biogeochemistry of arctic peatlands, and my research is done within the framework of the FROSTLAND project. Permafrost peatlands in the Arctic typically develop as patterned-ground systems, […]

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Trees and shrubs at the northern treeline

by Agata Buchwal, Ylva Sjöberg, Pawel Matulewski Air temperature observations show that the Barents region is currently the most rapidly warming region on the globe. For better understanding how the climate has varied in this region longer back in time and beyond the record of direct observations, we measure the growth rings of trees and […]

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79 Degrees North

Lunch on a glacier After two hours of hiking, we finally reach Vestre Brøggerbreen. The last hour has been a maze of moraines crisscrossed by braided streams. With every step the loose glacial debris shifts underfoot, requiring complete concentration to avoid tumbling onto boulders. Climbing onto the base of the glacier, I eagerly unload my […]

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Reaching Gerdøya

Weather days We prepared for bad weather. My red, 96-liter L.L.Bean duffel bag brims with fleece jackets, raincoats and extra hats, and my waterproof phone case is rugged enough to allow us to collect samples in the most torrential downpours. But I never imagined while packing for Ny-Ålesund that the biggest threat to our trip […]

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Discovering Ny-Ålesund

Life at 78° N Cautiously opening the front door, I make my way down the metal stairs. A quick glance to my sides then I round wide around the corner of the station. At 5:30 in the morning, no one is around. The bright daylight adds to the eerie feeling of desertion. I was told […]

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Studying stress and genomics in Svanhovd

Greetings from Northern Norway! My name is Sara Lommi and I come from Finland from the University of Jyväskylä where I work as a project researcher in the Stress Genomics group. I have been visiting the beautiful Svanhovd Research Station of the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO) for two nights to collect malt flies […]

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