These two neighbouring catchments are situated in the high arctic archipelago of Svalbard less than 10 km from the main settlement of Longyearbyen. The area lies in the Central Basin which consists of a series of alternating shale, mudstone and sandstone deposits. The dominant layer exposed at these catchments is the Frysjaodden black shale formation and continuous permafrost is present. Fardalen is an unglaciated catchment whereas Dryadbreen is still glaciated. This project aims, through the paired catchment appoach, to determine the impact of glaciation on shale weathering rates and to investigate shale weathering processes in the Arctic.
PI: Ruth Hindshaw