The Arctic Research Group is a registered charity (number 1167722) run by a small dedicated group of individuals who undertake serious scientific research in the High Arctic for the benefit of all. One of the Group's fundamental goals is to introduce new young scientists to expedition life and give them the opportunity to experience first hand the wonders of the High Arctic environment.
In the far North of Spitsbergen occur the most Northerly naturally warm springs in the World. This expedition is to undertake a series of scientific research projects around the outwellings of these warm springs to determine a range of scientific facts about them, their waters, the local flora and the soils that support them.
The water will be sampled and brought back to the university of Svalbard in Longyearbyen as well as Sheffield University for analysis to determine major chemical consituents, screened for any signs of life and the presence of microbic bacteria. As they well out onto the landscape these waters deposit the disolved minerals contained within them in the form of rocky fans and these too will be sampled and analysed.
Vascular plant species growing in the vicinity of the springs will be noted and counted to compare with similar areas remote from the springs to see if there is any difference between those affected by the warm waters and those without such influence.
Areas of recently exposed ground due to ice loss from melting glaciers will be examined for recent colonisation to see which species are the first to take advantage of newly available soils.
An area likely to provide a good sampling site will be examined for possible meteorites which, if found, will be returned for examination and analysis.
The results from all these projects will collectively provide a better understanding of this remote corner of the World and how the various elements affect each other's development and effectiveness in surviving the harsh climate so close to the Pole.