The Svalcoast webpage is a dynamic hub/gateway for maps, data and research results related to coastal processes, sediments and landforms on Svalbard. Selected maps and datasets of Isfjorden are available here and more data will be published soon. Ongoing research projects on Svalbard are related to the DynaCoast and Catchment to Coast (C2C) projects.

The DynaCoast project was initiated in response to the need for knowledge of fast coastal change in the Isfjorden area, combined with the lack of geomorphological maps to record and document coastal dynamics. There is a need for a geomorphological and sedimentological baseline for future research and monitoring of landscape and process change over time – since also topographic map data on Svalbard is are new and geomorphological data therefore is scarce.

The Catchment to Coast project (C2C) monitors the impact of climate change on terrestrial, coastal and marine ecosystems. C2C concentrates on four fjord systems, three on mainland Norway and one on Svalbard, with many institutes, universities and research centres involved. Our aim on Svalbard is to better understand the coastal changes in Adventdalen/ Adventfjorden. More information about the C2C project can be found here.

Ongoing and past Svalcoast projects focus(sed) on these areas (see map):
– Adventfjorden
– Dicksonfjorden
– Gipsvika
– Hollendarbukta
– Nordenskiöldkysten (north)
– Prins Karls Forland
– Sassenfjorden
– Van Mijenfjorden

The study areas on Svalbard are circled. Map modified after Nicu et al., 2020.

The Svalcoast geodatabase can be used to create new maps relevant for area management or combined with existing maps from the planning authorities in Longyearbyen and Svalbard. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or requests.


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