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The Hin­lo­pen gla­cier retre­ats

This is shown by satel­li­te images, that the Ame­ri­can Geo­phy­si­cal Uni­on has publis­hed. Bet­ween 1990 and 2016 the gla­cier has retrea­ted seven kilo­me­ters.

Hin­lo­pen­breen 1990 und 2016. Red arrow shows 1990 ter­mi­nus, yel­low arrow shows 2016 ter­mi­nus – Images: AGU, Land­sat

Landsat imagery of Hinlopenbreen

The Hin­lo­pen gla­cier in the north-east of Spits­ber­gen is a so-cal­led sur­ge-gla­cier. That means, that lon­ger peri­ods with nor­mal flow speed alter­na­te with shor­ter peri­ods, in which the gla­cier flows 10 to 1.000 times fas­ter. The last sur­ge hap­pen­ed from 1970-1971, when the gla­cier pushed 2.5 km into the fjord in one year. It moved up to 12 meters a day then.

The decre­a­se in ice, that has now been obser­ved, has pro­bab­ly not­hing to do with the­se nor­mal fluc­tua­tions which are con­nec­ted to the glacier’s inter­nal mecha­nics. If a sur­ge-gla­cier retre­ats, the ice usual­ly accu­mu­la­tes in the accu­mu­la­ti­on area: it is thi­c­ke­n­ing. At the Hin­lo­pen gla­cier it was obser­ved, that the ice on the upper gla­cier is also thin­ning. This sug­gests that it is not the ear­ly sta­ge of a sur­ge pro­cess, but cli­ma­te chan­ge that is respon­si­ble for the retre­at of the Hin­lo­pen gla­cier.

Other gla­ciers on Spits­ber­gen are also under­go­ing a simi­lar deve­lo­p­ment, such as the Pai­er­breen, Horn­breen, Bes­sel­breen and Svit­jod­breen.

Source: AGU

Tem­pel­fjord acci­dent: gui­de dead

On April 27, a gui­ded group bro­ke through the ice in Tem­pel­fjord (see spitsbergen-svalbard.com news from April). Four per­sons spent up to 48 minu­tes in ice cold water until they were res­cued by SAR for­ces with heli­co­p­ters. Most vic­tims could soon be released from tre­at­ment. One gui­de, howe­ver, was was kept in inten­si­ve care in the Uni­ver­si­ty Hos­pi­tal Nordnor­ge in Trom­sø (UNN).

The hos­pi­tal infor­med the public today that the man died during the night from Sunday to Mon­day.

He was a Rus­si­an citi­zen, bet­ween 30 and 40 years old.

As far as is known, he was the first gui­de who died due to an acci­dent that hap­pen­ed during a tour with guests in Sval­bard.

The acci­dent is still inves­ti­ga­ted by Nor­we­gi­an aut­ho­ri­ties. So far, no fur­ther details have been released bey­ond tho­se descri­bed in the arti­cle in April.

Tem­pel­fjord with poor ice con­di­ti­ons in spring 2014.

Source: Sval­bard­pos­ten

Spits­ber­gen 2017, Ant­arc­ti­ca and Pata­go­nia 2018: last chan­ces to join

Most trips in Spits­ber­gen 2017 are lar­ge­ly ful­ly boo­ked, as are our trips to Ant­arc­ti­ca and Pata­go­ni­an in 2018. The fol­lowing tickets are cur­r­ent­ly still avail­ab­le:

(Plea­se note: all of the trips are Ger­man spea­king. For this rea­son, the links lead to detail­ed descrip­ti­ons of the trips in Ger­man.)

Plea­se do not hesi­ta­te to get in touch with me if you have ques­ti­ons about the trips. For reser­va­tions and boo­king, plea­se get in touch with the Geo­gra­phi­schen Rei­se­ge­sell­schaft.

Under sails to the ice: do you want to join us? Last tickets for Spits­ber­gen 2017 and Pata­go­ni­an and Ant­arc­ti­ca 2018!

Spitzbergen mit SV Antigua

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