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Mechanisms controlling the evolution and geomorphology of rocky coasts in polar climates

Funding agency: National Science Centre in Poland

Amount: 784 000 PLN

Period: 2014-2017


The principle aim of the Polar Rock Coasts (POROCO) project is to quantify the processes controlling the evolution and behaviour of rock coasts in polar climates, based on representative examples from Svalbard (Arctic) and South Shetlands (Antarctic). POROCO aims to develop predictions of future rock coast change under scenarios of continued increases in air temperature, sea-level rise and the frequency and intensity of storms entering polar seas.



Our approach utilises a rigorous, coherent and novel suite of techniques to analyse the spatially and temporally diverse range of processes and responses controlling the polar rock coast environments We propose to carry out investigations at the entrance to Hornsund (Svalbard) in the surroundings of Siedlecki Polish Polar Station: 3 expeditions (winter 2015, summer 2015 and 2016) and along the western coast of Admiralty Bay (South Shetlands) in the surroundings of Arctowski Polish Polar Station: 2 expeditions (winter 2016 and winter 2017). Selected study areas are characterized by diverse relief and lithology and a range of coastal landforms representative of those found throughout polar coasts.


Research Team



Zuzanna Świrad – coastal geomorphologist, Durham University, UK
Prof. Grzegorz Rachlewicz, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan – glacial geomorphologist
Piotr Modzel, Lukasz Pawlowski, Marek Jaskolski – field technicians and assistants



The focus of the POROCO project addresses one of the key objectives of the polar research community:  significantly improve our understanding of the functioning of polar rocky coast environments and will serve as the basis for modelling and prediction of high latitude rock coast response to climate change. 
The principle objectives of the impact plan are:    

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