The Arctic Research Group’s expeditions have a strong focus on the environment. From climate change’s effects on glaciers to plastic pollution of the oceans, we have made environmental research a driving force of the ARG since its foundation in 1988 and its first expedition in 1989. Since then a further twelve expeditions have been carried out to many parts of the remote and beautiful Svalbard archipelago.
Van-Mijenfjorden & Rindersbukta
Van-Mijenfjorden & Rindersbukta
The 2023 expedition was centered around Recherchefjorden in southern Spitsbergen. This was a ten-person, multidisciplinary scientific expedition.
Bockfjord 5 person expedition in July and August to visit the worlds’ northernmost known warm springs including sampling and analysis of spring waters, analysis of carbon balance of new vegetation developing in areas of recent ice retreat and recording of beach plastic pollution, as well as beach cleaning activities. A search for lost hot springs was also undertaken with the assistance of a drone.
Bockfjord 5 person expedition to visit the worlds’ northernmost known warm springs and evaluate the region for further research opportunities. A commercial vessel was chartered to reach the area and was frustrated by unseasonal ice which limited the expedition activities.
A 2 person recce trip to Longyearbyen.
Ny Ålesund 6 person expedition to Ny-Ålesund looking into naturally occurring ground pollution and radiation, vascular plant species ground cover and species distribution, abundance and distribution of bird species and extended continuing Anthropogenic effects of camping on vegetated Tundra
Bellsund 10 person expedition around Bellsund & Camp Morton studying sub and supra Glacial Hydrology, Geological features, Anthropogenic effects of camping on Tundra and observing surging Fridjofbre
Van Mijenfjorden & Rindersbukta, June 11 week, three person Van Mijenfjorden plus two persons in Rindersbukta, combined expeditions between ARG and EU funded International Research Expedition working on both glacial hydrology on Finsterwalderbre and ice movement on the surging Paulabre.
Van-Mijenfjorden, April, 2 person reconnaissance to establish base for later Summer visit and revisiting the previously sited survey station to re-establish a sensible communication link with the satellite used for exchanging data between site and the UK.
8 people return reconnaissance to Rindersbukta, Baka surrounding area, repeating work on ground pollution at Sveagruva and glacial survey work. The ground pollution was from past mining activities. A reconnaissance trip to Pyramiden by three members was also undertaken in the hope that it might prove a useful location for a future expedition
A small party return to Rindersbukta to continue the glaciology work.
3 person revisit Rindersbukta Paulabre and Bakaninbre to re-establish surveying points and to record a programme for the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Science Now’, that was broadcast later that year
12 person expedition to Rindersbukta area working on Paulabre, surging Bakaninbre, Skoobre and a recently exposed esker, together with observing and assessing the effects of ground pollution on vascular plants pecies relative to remains of coal tailings in and around the mining settlement of Sveagruva
2 person reconnaissance to Sveagruva, Paulabre and around Rindersbukta generally, choosing suitable sites and assessing areas suitable for research work. This included a visit to Sveagruva and to several mountain tops in search of stable bedrock, not an easy task amongst the Tertiary sandstone deposits of the Carolinefjellet.