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 Fieldwork reports


Since its inception, the research done at the Polish Polar Station has been evolving in response to changing scientific priorities. Currently, continuous observations are carried out in seven fields:

  • meteorology - gathering data for synoptic purposes and to detect climatic changes;
  • seismology - monitoring of world earthquakes, measuring the seismicity of the Spitsbergen Archipelago region, and registering tremors linked to the dynamics of the Hans Glacier;
  • geomagnetism - registering changes in the XYZ components of the earth's magnetic field;
  • ionospheric sounding to determine the structure of the ionosphere; using riometer measurements to determine the structure and absorption coefficient of the ionosphere;
  • glaciology - measurements of glacier dynamics (Hansbreen, Werenskioldbreen), documentation of glacier recession;
  • atmospheric electricity - determining the magnitude of the earth's electric field and recording its vertical component;
  • environmental monitoring - recording of selected climatic features and conducting analyses of chemical buildup of air and water pollution and the isotopic content of the snow cover.
For over 20 years, a permanent crew of Polar Expeditions of the Polish Academy of Sciences has utilized and maintained the station, and has hosted many groups of scientists with their own research programmes during different times of the year.

In summer, the station functions as a base for research on geology, geodesics, geomorphology, glaciology, oceanology and biology.

Long-term research projects are realized according to cooperation agreements between the Institute of Geophysics and a number of other institutions.

Fieldwork reports and additional studies

  • Research in Svalbard - yearly information bulletin based on contributions from scientists working in Svalbard

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