The main IPA-related research activities in Sweden during the past year are those under the PACE project and which are reported elsewhere (See PACE report).


Arctic and alpine geomorphological research in the Department of Physical Geography, Lund University, suffered a heavy loss by the recent death of Prof. Anders Rapp. No major projects have received funding during the last four years. Only minor activities continued through private funding initiatives, basic departmental funds and staff input. Prof. J.O. Mattsson has managed to continue editing ‘Geografiska Annaler’ from Lund. Active projects are present at Karkevagge: Through international cooperation and funding and good cooperation with the Abisko Research Station, P. Schlyter (now operating from Dep. of Physical Geography in Stockholm) has managed to continue a limited, but important activity of geomorphological monitoring in the Karkevagge valley. J. Åkerman is planning to revitalise participation from Lund with this project during 2000/2001.

Abisko: In cooperation with the Abisko Research Station Åkerman is maintaining the CALM sites along the east-west transect in the Abisko area. The ten active- layer sites have now been monitored since 1978 and annual data is presented within the CALM reporting system and the GGD.

Kapp Linne’ area, Svalbard: Åkerman is maintaining a limited monitoring programme of active periglacial processes and their climatic significance. The active layer monitoring in Kapp Linne’, started in 1972, is maintained within the CALM network. A single site visit a year and maintenance of the data loggers are conducted but without external funding. Several MSc projects of the Kapp Linne’ area supervised by Åkerman are completed: Vegetation mapping by T. Josefsson and I. Martensson, and a Digital Elevation Model of the Kapp Linne’ area with analyses of the vertical and horizontal distribution of vegetation and geomorphological forms and processes.

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