The Ny-Ålesund area provides unique opportunities for in-depth studies of life and ecosystem processes in Arctic environments. The Terrestrial Ecosystems Flagship seeks to increase coordination and collaboration between researchers within these fields.

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The Terrestrial Ecosystems Flagship Programme was established at a workshop hosted by SSF in Oslo in 2009. The concluding Terrestrial Ecosystems Flagship document discusses the focus areas for future terrestrial research in Ny-Ålesund.

At the 12th Ny-Ålesund seminar in Tromsø in 2015, the Terrestrial Ecosystems Flagship group met again. They acknowledged the content and validity of the flagship concluding document from 2009, but agreed there was a need for revitalising the content and for suggesting concrete actions.

The flagship successfully received funding for flagship activities from Svalbard Strategic Grant call 2017, and had its first dedicated flagship workshop during three days in August 2018 in Ny-Ålesund. Some 25 researchers came together to present their research and visit the different field sites established over the course of the last three decades.

Two more meetings followed in 2019 (in Longyearbyen and in Oslo) during which participants worked on a paper that reviewed and highlighted research and monitoring in Ny-Ålesund and the surrounding land area. The meetings were essential to increase the cooperation in a science field which contains many fragmented projects with different focus and timeline perspectives.

Over the spring of 2022, the Ny-Ålesund Terrestrial Ecosystem Flagship organized a series of online seminars and meetings to have presentations on methodologies and discussions about the common flagship project “The Terrestrial Ecosystem Flagship in Ny-Ålesund: From workshops to research projects” as we continue to plan and organize to meet in Ny-Ålesund Aug 1-4 2022. The larger project is part of a funded proposal from NFR, where the flagship received funding to organize a series of network meetings and workshops:

The primary objective of this proposal is to bring together national and international scientists to develop existing and create new collaborations to reinforce cooperation within the Terrestrial Ecosystem Flagship in Ny-Ålesund through two workshops and one network meeting. The secondary objectives are to (i) plan and organize the development of a research project building on the already established exclosures and other permanent monitoring stations in the Ny-Ålesund area. This research project will further facilitate and increase cooperation and to integrate the multidisciplinary expertise present in the Terrestrial Ecosystem Flagship. Secondly, (ii) we aim to use the second workshop to integrate the outcomes of the first workshop, pilot study, and network meeting to collaborate in the development of a larger multi-partner international grant proposal that allows for future joint research projects together in the field. Hence the title “from workshops to research projects”.

The online seminars have been recorded, and are available to be viewed here: We had seminars from Dr. Kevin Newsham, Dr. Mathilde Le Moullec, and Dr. Simen Hjelle on their experience with OTCs, ice-manipulation experiments, and the Bjorndalen Integrated Gradients transect project, respectively.


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Contact the flagship scientific committee

Angela Augusti, CNR (Chair)
Jesper Mosbacher, Norwegian Polar Institute (Co-chair)
Maarten Loonen, University of Groeningen
Mette Svenning, UiT
Masaki Uchida, NIPR
Elie Verleyen, University of Gent
Josef Elster, CAS

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