Decisions on operational support for polar research

Ten research projects have now been accepted for further planning under the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat's and Swedish Research Council's grants for operational support for polar research.

Projects were ranked by the Swedish Research Council. The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat prioritises its continued expedition activities based on those rankings. The research projects are divided into two categories, based on the resources they require and their planning timeframes.

The following research projects have been accepted in Category A, i.e. projects with possible completion within 1–3 years:

  • First steps from and to the water: exploring early aquatic tetrapod ecosystems on Greenland
    Benjamin Kear, Uppsala University
  • Towards a new heat budget for the West Antarctic ice shelves
    Anna Wåhlin, University of Gothenburg
  • MARA – Moveable Atmospheric Radar for Antarctica: Maitri 2014–2016+
    Sheila Kirkwood, Swedish Institute of Space Physics
  • Monitoring of weather data and glacial mass balance with an aim to improve predictions of fresh water loss from Arctic glaciers
    Veijo Pohjola, Uppsala University
  • Hot fossils in a cold land: early Cambrian stem group bilaterian animals from Antarctica
    Lars Holmer, Uppsala University
  • Late Cretaceous to early Cenozoic vertebrate faunas in the James Ross Basin, Antarctic Peninsula: Faunal turnovers, palaeobiogeography and palaeoclimate
    Thomas Mörs, Swedish Museum of Natural History
  • Microbial metabolic activity at Antarctic ocean surfaces with and without ice cover: which metabolic processes drive the ecosystems and how will climate change modify them?
    Pauline Snoeijs Leijonmalm, Stockholm University
  • Melting sea-ice and accumulation of heavy metals in polar regions
    Katarina Gårdfeldt, Chalmers University of Technology

The following research projects have been accepted in Category B. These are projects with possible completion within 3–10 years, i.e. projects that require extensive resources and preparatory work:

  • Arctic islands - ecology in the past, present and future
    Anders Angerbjörn, Stockholm University
  • The life cycle of clouds in the high Arctic summer with linkages to the micrbiological life in ocean and ice
    Caroline Leck, Stockholm University

The accepted projects will be compiled in a project directory, which will be published on the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat website in early 2014.


Magnus Tannerfeldt, Swedish Polar Research Secretariat,, Phone: 08-450 25 15

Mats Andersson, Swedish Research Council,,
Phone: 08-546 44 346

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Updated: 2014-10-29