Waiting for a polar bear

Sunday and Monday were pretty foggy and cloudy again. We spent the whole day on discharge measurements in Arie and Fuglebekken catchments. We took water samples for estimation of suspended sediment concentration. Turbidity meter was installed at Arie river, which took us a while, but it seems working well. Hopefully no polar fox will bite … Continue reading Waiting for a polar bear

Heading towards the Hornsund station – southern Svalbard

We are heading towards the Polish Polar station in Hornsund, southern Svalbard. Our goal is to set up the runoff measurements in two or three catchments in the vicinity of the station. We would like to compare the runoff from glaciated and unglaciated catchments and establish the relation between runoff, atmospheric forcings and glacier ablation. … Continue reading Heading towards the Hornsund station – southern Svalbard

On preparedness

“Victory awaits him who has everything in order – luck, people call it” These famous words of Roald Amundsen, polar explorer and leader of the first expedition to the South Pole, are on my office coffee mug and have always seemed a very applicable quote to my PhD project. The other office mug I have … Continue reading On preparedness

Cold Ice in a Warm Bath; The Next Stage…

Norra Kaskasapakte glaciar in Arctic Sweden, fieldwork was undertaken here in 2017 and will be undertaken here again in 2019 (Photo: F. Falcini July 2017). The final stages of completing a PhD are a challenging time, with high pressures to do justice to several years of research with good writing combined with the insecurity of … Continue reading Cold Ice in a Warm Bath; The Next Stage…

Why the Faroe Islands?

Around the world, organic soils store an incredibly large proportion of the terrestrial carbon pool. As the climate changes, these soils are releasing more carbon to the atmosphere, both directly as carbon dioxide, and indirectly, via water. Once the carbon is in surface waters, such as streams, rivers, reservoirs and lakes, it can decompose releasing … Continue reading Why the Faroe Islands?

Travelling around the Faroe Islands

I had a couple of streams and lakes I wanted to visit on the south end of Eysturoy. These are approximately 5 km away from Tórshavn, and driving there is possible, thanks to a bridge across the Atlantic, here called Sundini. However, the drive is quite spectacular. It’s 70 km and takes over an hour … Continue reading Travelling around the Faroe Islands

Organo-Mineral Interactions in Permafrost Environments

Permafrost soils store large amounts of carbon (C) as organic matter (OM), which upon thaw can be decomposed to greenhouse gases that then fuel further global warming. The extent of permafrost disturbances is predicted to increase across Arctic landscapes, which may lead to enhanced release of permafrost OM to water bodies. On its way to … Continue reading Organo-Mineral Interactions in Permafrost Environments