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Homing Plus

Assessment of impact of coastal hazards on scientific and community infrastructure in polar regions using remote sensing, geoinformation and new geomorphological mapping methods

Funding agency: Foundation for Polish Science

Amount: 305 000 PLN

Period: 2014-2015


The scientific aim of the project is to apply state-of-the-art geoinformation and remote sensing techniques together with new field-based geomorphological mapping methods to examine the impact of coastal hazards on scientific and community infrastructure along the coasts of Svalbard Archipelago, High Arctic.

The research will also result in a risk assessment for development and protection of human infrastructure along the coasts of Svalbard under scenarios of climate change, sea-level rise, changes to the frequency of storms entering the region and variations in sea ice extent.     

The project is also intended to promote ideas for Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System through the development of the coastal hazard monitoring research group on Svalbard. 



This research is based on a combination of both established and new, innovative methods of coastal change analysis and environmental monitoring. 
The research will be divided into two components:

Component 1 -  GIS (geographical information systems) analyses of remote sensing data 

Component 2 - Field-based observations and ground-truthing of results of GIS analyses along selected coastal sections of Svalbard


Research Team





In our project, in a comprehensive way, we tried to characterize the risk for the functioning of Arctic settlements and scientific bases, related to changes in the coastal zones caused by global warming. The area of our research was the Svalbard archipelago - a European gateway to the Arctic. Using a mosaic of geographic methods we have estimated the impact of extreme processes such as coastal erosion or  permafrost-induced  landslides on safety and the possibility of the development of urban and research infrastructure in Spitsbergen. In some cities the erosion and landslides threaten the critical  traffic routes and storage areas, whereas infrastructure of analyzed research stations is at risk of destabilization of the buildings by the intensification of periglacial processes

The research findings of the project will improve our understanding of coastal hazards on Svalbard and their impact on human activity. The principle objectives of the impact plan are:
Project beneficiaries: the GIS and remote sensing research community, the coastal research community, the Arctic coastal hazard mitigation and management community, insurers and risk managers concerned with natural hazards in polar regions, the polar infrastructure engineering and planning community, Svalbard community.



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Uniwersytet WrocławskiFoundation for Polish ScienceInnovative Economy - National Cohesion StrategyEuropean Union - European Regional Development Fund website is a contribution to the „Assessment of impact of coastal hazards on scientific and community infrastructure in polar regions using remote sensing, geoinformation and new geomorphological mapping methods'” project is carried-out within the HOMING PLUS programme of the Foundation for Polish Science, cofinanced from the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund