Master thesis project (60 hp)
In Physical Geography and/or Geological Sciences

with fieldwork on Varanger Peninsula (August 2018)

Announcement

We request applications from interested students to do their MSc thesis project on the topic:

‘Soil organic carbon burial and preservation under solifluction lobes on Varanger Peninsula (N Norway)’

Description
The project offers an opportunity to work with an interesting and highly relevant research topic. In the most recent decade much new data has been obtained on the very large soil organic carbon (SOC) pool in the lowlands of the northern permafrost region, highlighting its potential role in the global terrestrial carbon cycle. However, there is a general paucity of data on quantity of SOC stored in mountain permafrost and periglacial areas as well as the processes that could affect this pool under conditions of future global warming.
Solifluction (also known as gelifluction in periglacial settings) is a slope process that results in the gradual burial of topsoil organics due to downward transport of the surface layer as a result of water saturation by snowmelt and frozen ground conditions in spring.
The aim of the project is to collect, analyze and characterize soil profiles obtained from solifluction features on Varanger Peninsula (see photo), in order to assess the total amount and rate of SOC burial and its long-term preservation in a mountain environment characterized by seasonal ground frost. For this purpose, collected samples during a c. 2-week fieldwork near Berlevåg (Varanger Peninsula, Norway) during August 2018 will be analyzed for geochemical and grain size properties.

The announcement is open till March 23, 2018. Please submit a 1-page letter of interest (expressing why you are interested in this research topic) and a 1-page CV (with academic background and relevant courses) to:

Peter Kuhry (Physical Geography, Geohuset Room T301, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Malin Kylander (Geological Sciences, Geohuset Room R217, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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