Svalbard 2003


With special thanks to Marty Mayes, helping translating the report.

From the 12th of June till the 8th of September 2003 I will stay on Svalbard. I will do a master thesis on the effects of UV radiation on the arctic plants. This master thesis is part of my Biology study at the Free University Amsterdam. On this part of the website I will make a report of all the things I experience on Svalbard. Of course there will also be a lot of photo's within the report. In the report the pictures are shown quite small. When you click on them you will see them larger.

Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, located about midway between Norway and the North Pole. Svalbard lies between 74 North and 81 North latitude. The climate is mild for the high latitude, this is because of the warm sea current that flows around the west coast. The mean annual air temperature is about -6 C at sea level and -15 C in the mountains. The mean temperature in summer is about 6 C..

On the right you see the South of Svalbard (picture taken from the plane)

I hope everybody enjoys reading this report

Jelger