Community Coordinated Snow Study in Svalbard (C2S3)

Based on discussions that arose in the recent Svalbard Strategic Grant funded workshop “Taking the next step in Svalbard snow research” (Poland, Sept. 2015), we propose a pilot field study that will promote interdisciplinary snow research in Svalbard and provide new insights into snow-atmosphere-biosphere and climate interactions.

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  • data management


  • atmosphere
  • terrestrial biology
  • cryosphere

Project Keywords

  • cryosphere / snow/ice / snow/ice chemistry
  • atmosphere / aerosols / carbonaceous aerosols
  • biosphere / microbiota taxonomy / bacteria
  • cryosphere / snow/ice / snow stratigraphy
  • cryosphere / snow/ice / snow water equivalent

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Snow largely controls the exchange of energy and mass between land surface and the atmosphere, thereby having considerable significance on the cryosphere as well as on the biosphere. This proposal aims for conducting a community-coordinated, multidisciplinary pilot field study of snowpack properties across Svalbard. Its scientific goals are to map carbonaceous aerosols in snow along with other physical and chemical snow properties across the Svalbard archipelago to establish the complex interactions between carbon deposition, snow properties and to microbial activity in the snowpack. As a pilot project, Community Coordinated Snow Study in Svalbard (C2S3) aims to demonstrate the benefits of a coordinated community approach to snow-related research in Svalbard, with a longer-term goal of fostering future projects of broader scope.

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