Impressions, anecdotes and experiences from the field. Authors are beneficiaries of SPI funding. The posts present the authors’ reflections of their field experiences.

Investigating the roots of methane: how does permafrost thaw alter peatland methane cycling? – Tiia Määttä

Having grown up surrounded by northern peatlands (wet ecosystems that accumulate peat), I greatly respect these unique ecosystems. In old Finnish folklore, peatlands are often depicted as something ominous, mysterious, and dangerous: the dead could be seen guarding their hidden treasures in the ancient peat, diseases could spread from their […]

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Dendrochronological fieldwork in the Eastern Himalayas to understand changes to water resources and natural hazards in the context of climate change – Nazimul Islam

In the Himalayas, glacier-fed rivers are an important source of freshwater for millions of people downstream. The cryosphere being very sensitive to rising temperatures, climate-change induced seasonal snow and glacier melt may have tremendous impact on streamflow in such basins. Its impact may be combined with anthropogenic interventions (e.g. hydropower) […]

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Historical Archives to monitor long-Term evolution of HImalayan debris-covered glaciers (HATHI) – Marin Kneib

14.09.2022 – The protagonists 1936 – Arnold Heim and August Gansser 1939 – André Roch, Ernst Huber, Fritz Steuri, David Zogg Six Swiss mountaineers, geologists, topographers. Pioneers who explored the hidden valleys of the Garhwal range of the Indian Himalaya more than eight decades ago. They made impressive first ascents, […]

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