Arctic / Northern Europe

The Arctic is one of the regions of the world with sparse measurement data available to assess the reactions of glaciers in times of climate change, among other things. Therefore, meteorological and glaciological measurements have been carried out in projects and excursions. In combination with remote sensing data and numerical modelling over several years regarding the energy and mass balance of glacier surfaces as well as ice dynamics, these measurements provide results on the climate sensitivity of Arctic glaciers.

Svalbard (Nordaustlandet)

Investigation of variability and trends in the energy and mass balance on the surface of the Vestfonna ice cap

IPY Kinnvika (GlacioDyn)

(Project completed)
Vestfonna glacier


International joint research project to study the sensitivity of the Svalbard Glaciers to climate change


(Project completed)

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Svalbard (Liefdefjord) and North Sweden (Kärkevagge, Region of Abisko, Tarfala)

Various aspects of snowmelt and its consequences at high latitudes with seasonal snow cover

MOSAIC (Modelling Of Snowmelt And Its Consequences)

(Project completed)
Weather Station

North Sweden
Region of Abisko

Excursion on the glaciers in the vicinity of the Tarfala Research Station and field course at the Fjäll-Station at Katterjokk.

Field course in North Sweden
Map clipping of the region around Katterjokk

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Lead and contact:

Dr. Marco Otto


Möller, M. et al. (2013):
Variability of the climatic mass balance of Vestfonna ice cap, northeastern Svalbard, 1979–2011. Ann. Glaciol. 54 (63), pp.254–264. DOI: 10.3189/2013AoG63A407.

Braun, M. et al. (2011):
Changes of glacier frontal positions of vestfonna (nordaustlandet, svalbard). Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography 93 (4), pp.301–310. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0459.2011.00437.x.

Scherer, D. et al. (1998):
Atmospheric and hydrological boundary conditions for slushflow initiation due to snowmelt. Ann. Glaciol. 26 377-380. DOI: 10.3189/1998AoG26-1-377-380