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The Linnaeus Apostles BRIDGE BUILDER EXPEDITIONS To Understand Planet Earth. With the autonomous MARTINS EYE | NATURAE OBSERVATIO | FIELD STATION (BRIDGE BUILDER EXPEDITIONS | NATURAE OBSERVATIO - SPITSBERGEN SVALBARD)

The Bridge Builder Expeditions is the overarching definition for a series of contemporary and scientifically sustainable projects established by The IK Foundation, an undertaking which aims to inspire and to contribute to our understanding of our shared planet! This part of the Expeditions is inspired by the Linneaus' apostle A Rolandsson Martin.

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2014-12-01

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2021-10-15

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  • field work
  • remote sensing
  • long-term monitoring
  • education and outreach

Discipline

  • atmosphere
  • marine biology
  • terrestrial biology
  • geology
  • oceanography
  • social sciences
  • technology and engineering
  • other

Project Keywords

  • human dimensions / infrastructure / cultural features
  • biological classification / plants / angiosperms (flowering plants)
  • solid earth / rocks/minerals / metamorphic rocks
  • human dimensions / infrastructure / communications
  • human dimensions / human settlements / coastal areas
  • oceans / marine environment monitoring / marine obstructions
  • oceans / sea ice / sea ice concentration
  • oceans / sea surface topography / sea surface height
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Summary

Forlandsøyane close to the west coast of Prins Karls Forland, Spitsbergen, Svalbard are highly interesting and important from many points of view. Still, investigation of these islands have been rather limited. The main reason for this is their position and climate. Further, during the latest century, environmental and other protection of their precious nature, flora and fauna as well as their cultural heritage has been very well conducted. The first known and documented scientific investigation of Forlandsøyane took place on the first of July, 1758. Then, Anton Rolandsson Martin, one of the Linnaeus apostles, managed to get ashore and study the largest of the three Forlandsøya islands, Midtøya. For the purpose of scientific studies of the climate, fauna and flora of Spitsbergen, he was a guest naturalist aboard a whaling ship. While able to stay on Midtøya for a few hours only, Anton Rolandsson Martin, scientifically trained by Linnaeus and highly motivated, used the time available in a very determined manner. In addition to writing a thorough description of the island, its size, form, climate, fauna and flora, he selected a small but significant rock sample for further studies at home. This sample was documented, studied and classified by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. It is noted that the same Academy had provided important funding for his Spitsbergen research endeavour. Inspired by the pioneer investigations of Anton Rolandsson Martin, The IK Foundation arranged, in September 2016, a research expedition to Spitsbergen and, not at least, to Midtøya. The expedition was part of the IK Foundation’s global BRIDGE BUILDER EXPEDITIONS programme. Just as Anton Rolandsson Martin in 1758, the members of the 2016 expedition studied the west coast of Spitsbergen concerning climate, glaciers, flora and fauna as well as its impressively well-preserved cultural heritage. At the same time, the expedition, guided by Anton Rolandsson Martin’s diary, succeeded in confirming Midtøya as the island visited and studied by him. In addition to the September 2016 expedition, The IK Foundation decided to attempt further to scientific investigations of the west coast of Spitsbergen. This implied initiation of a long-term and large-scale project for further studies of the Midtøya area, its climate, fauna and flora, all with emphasis on environmental and cultural preservation of this invaluable place, one of very few places on Earth still possessing truly pristine wilderness, an ambitiously sheltered haven for important wildlife species. As a result, The IK Foundation as project owner and the LMK Foundation as project patron has defined and funded an interdisciplinary project featuring the installation and operation an autonomous scientific field station, referred to as the MARTINS EYE | NATURAE OBSERVATIO | FIELD STATION. The aim of the station is detailed round-the-clock functions as well as round-the-year scientific studies without disturbing presence of people, with visits to the island by one or two person(s) required only once, possibly twice, per year. The project has several purposes, all of them regarded as exceedingly valuable for the Midtøya area, Spitsbergen, Svalbard and our planet and its life as a whole. As our overall and leading purpose, we want to use observational data to support preservation of the wildlife of Spitsbergen and Svalbard as well as contribute to an improved understanding of Planet Earth. It is our clear conviction that carefully performed studies will provide essential tools for better understanding of the interaction between wildlife and humanity. [Further reading, see RiS-id: 10275 | Application 2017 Attachment (E)]

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