Polish Polar Station
Hornsund
9170 Longyearbyen
Svalbard, Norway Station Manager:
Wlodzimierz Sielski
TA/RA contacts:
Wlodzimierz Sielski

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hornsund

STATION NAME AND OWNER

The Polish Polar Station Hornsund is operated by the Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences.

LOCATION

The station is located on the shore of the Hornsund fjord in the southern part of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard archipelago. The station lies within the boundaries of the South Spitsbergen National Park. Its location makes it the northernmost year-round Polish research infrastructure.

BIODIVERSITY AND NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

The landscape of the South Spitsbergen National Park is dominated by mountains and glaciers. A narrow band of plains and raised marine terraces covered with tundra vegetation (including various species of lichens, mosses, flowers, and shrubs) stretches along the shores of the fjord. Reindeer, arctic foxes, polar bears and many bird species can be observed in the vicinity of the station.

HISTORY AND FACILITIES

The Polish Polar Station Hornsund was established in 1957 as a winter base during the International Geophysical Year 1957/1958. Over the next few years, it served as a base for summer research expeditions. The station was thoroughly renovated in 1978 and has been in year-round operation since then.

GENERAL RESEARCH AND DATABASES

The research at the Polish Polar Station Hornsund focuses on climate, glaciology, monitoring of geophysical fields (seismology, geomagnetism, atmospheric electricity), permafrost and geomorphic processes. The main study objectives are related to the evolution of the high arctic environment with respect to climate change. Marine and terrestrial ecosystems are systematically studied. Existing databases include meteorological and glaciological records, geophysical data, as well as marine and terrestrial biological parameters.

HUMAN DIMENSION

There are no settlements located in the near vicinity of the station, which in general is only accessible for research purposes. Longyearbyen, the administrative center and the largest settlement of Svalbard, is situated approximately 140 km north of the station.

ACCESS

The Station can be reached from Longyearbyen by boat (summer season), snowmobiles (spring season) or by helicopter (year-round). There are no roads between the station and other Svalbard settlements.

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