The goal of the project is to develop a new model of glacial isostatic adjustment (GIA) of Svalbard and predict the Neogene tectonic uplift integrating new data of former ice sheet configuration in the Pleistocene. The research incorporates for the first time the multiple ice dome ice sheet configuration and its deglaciation on Svalbard. Calculated post-glacial uplift data will be integrated from Franz-Josef-Land and Novaya Zemlya and the tectonic uplift of Svalbard and northern Norway will be estimated.

In addition, dendrochronological methods applied to driftwood on Svalbard will provide:

  1. dating of former shorelines,
  2. information of Arctic Sea-Ice conditions in the past, as well as
  3. provide means to reconstruct past Arctic/subarctic climate.

The expedition was a part of a collaborative project with participants from Norway, USA and Sweden.

Principal investigators

Anne Hormes
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg
Department of Arctic Geology, The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Longyearbyen, Norway

Hans Linderholm
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothenburg