Identifying field sites and first measurements

We spent the first day scouting out possible field sites. We prepared as possible in in advance, – via Google Earth, maps and landcover products, talking to people familiar with the area, reading the literature, but it’s never quite the same as being there on the ground. We’d earmarked some possible sites from GoogleEarth, – […]

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Meetings and greetings

The call for INTERACT Transnational Access is in good speed and we’ve already received so many inquiries regarding it, indicating a high number of good quality applications for the call! In relation to the call we’ll also go to several meetings to greet the scientists working in arctic research to tell about the possibilities related […]

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Equipment roll call

We’ve brought a range of instruments with us to the Arctic, to simultaneously measure plant photosynthesis and remote sensing data of individual plants and leaves. This is because in order to understand how plants are behaving, and changing, over large areas we must first link these remote sensing techniques to measured plant processes at the […]

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The road to Abisko (part II)

The next leg of the journey from Gothenburg to Abisko spans 1040 miles and will take 2 days. Feeling refreshed after the relaxing ferry journey, we left Gothenburg at 9.30 am, and headed north-east towards Stockholm. The landscape was mainly agricultural, with large deep red farmhouses and barns dotted throughout. As we skirted by Stockholm […]

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Measuring plant productivity in a changing Arctic

The Arctic is experiencing rapid climate change, with land surface temperatures in some northern regions reported to be increasing at double the global average rate. Increases in both temperature and atmospheric CO2 concentration, are causing changes in the structure, function and the species composition of vegetation in the Arctic that have not been seen before. […]

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Countdown to fieldwork!

June 25th — My house, Amsterdam I have spent the past two weeks in constant hyper-focus mode, making last minute preparations for fieldwork and wrapping up teaching duties and manuscript writing before departure. It was going to be a close call but we managed to finish building our custom made gas sampling chambers and pack […]

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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. […]

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