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Potential Student Research Projects: Lake Linné

Note: The REU will NOT be taking place at Lake Linné during summer 2014.

Research on Lake Linné will be a combination of studies of the glacier, melt-water stream, and lake. In addition to these studies remote weather stations will be established at three locations: the south and north end of the lake and at the glacier front. Potential research projects at this location could combine the equipment and methods used at any of these locations. Research projects will be individually created, yet releated to the overarching goal of establishing the effects of current climate on modern sediment deposition.

Glacier: Ablation stakes will be installed and monitored on the glacier allowing for yearly comparisons and analysis of glacier health. Throughout the field season the glacier will be observed on a semi-daily basis to establish the daily cycles of glacial melt and the relationship to the observed weather conditions.

Melt-Water Stream: The braided-stream is the main source of sedimentation into the lake and therefore an important source of information in regards to the modern sedimentation processes. While it is difficult to monitor such a varying system, a discharge station will be established on the melt-water stream and monitored throughout the field season. Sedimentation traps and temperature sensors can also be positioned in the stream to observe short-term variations. Water quality can be monitored through water samples (a vacuum filtration system will be available), and casts of an In-Situ profiler (measures turbidity, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, ect.).

Lake Processes: The lake will be closely monitored throughout the field season through water quality measurements, profiling (In-Situ Troll 9000), additionally moorings will be established in the lake with logging temperature sensors and sediment traps. These mooring will be deployed yearly (at the end of the field season), collected at the beginning of the field-work, and utilized throughout the field season to evaluate the short and long term processes of sediment deposition within the lake.


Student Research Projects at Lake Linné
from previous years:

Sedimentation in glacier-fed Lake Linne during the 2004/2005 season, Svalbard, Norway.

Hour by hour weather influences on Linnebreen glacier ablation, Svalbard, Norway.

Hourly changes in suspended sediment concentration along the glacial stream Linneelva, Svalbard

Determination of Meteorological and Radiation Effects upon Glacial Ablation at Linnebreen, Svalbard

Summer Sediment Transport and Deposition in Lake Linne

Hydrochemical Study of the Linnebreen Catchment, Svalbard Norway.

Characterizing Alternative Sediment Sources to Linnevatnet.

Using Geochemical Evidence to Determine Provenance in a High Arctic Glacier-Fed Lake, Linne Valley, Svalbard, Norway.

Reconstruction of a Temperature Time Series for Linnedalen, Svalbard.

Characterization of Climatic Influences on modern Sedimentation in an Arctic Lake, Svalbard, Norway.

Unsustainable glacier ablation at 78 degrees N latitude, Linnebreen, Svalbard.

Understanding the thermal evolution in an arctic glacier-fed lake, Linnevatnet, Svalbard.

Interpreting the discharge and sediment flux of a glacial meltwater stream, Linneelva, Svalbard.

Calibrating the lamination stratigraphy in Lake Linne.


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