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Svalbard - the first days

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Mark Bayley

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I am enrolled at UNIS,Svalbard, studying Arctic glaciers till September. I am hoping to keep this blog updated with details of what I am up to and pictures. So far I am limited to Longyearbyen, having not received gun training, but next week will start with fieldwork. The weather has so far been sunny, and rather warm, reaching a high of 15c yesterday. The constant light is taking some getting use too! I'll be visiting a local glacier on Thursday, where I hope to update!

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Great that you're both taking glaciology but also you're seeing Svalbard. Looking forward to your updates!  :-)

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What a terrific experience...must admit i had to look that place name up to discover where it was.

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Great that you're both taking glaciology but also you're seeing Svalbard. Looking forward to your updates!  :-)

 

So very jealous...

 

What a terrific experience...must admit i had to look that place name up to discover where it was.

 

Thanks guys, apologies for the lack of updates. Fieldwork starts Friday. Off to see a tidewater glacier, Tempelfjord. I am limited to the town without a rifle, so nothing much to update on. However, gun training starts tomorrow. Has turned cooler though!

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I've been keeping a close eye on Longyearbyen's monthly temperatures recently- the weather station there often reports large positive anomalies (relative to 1961-1990) during the winter half-year, the largest being 14.5C in February 2014 (the mean temperature was -1.7 compared with the 61-90 average of -16.2).  The temperatures there are very sensitive to the reduced Arctic sea ice extent.  Recently it's mostly been two or three degrees above.  Of course you'll nonetheless get plenty of snow there this winter.

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