Transformation of the natural environment in Western Sørkapp Land (Spitsbergen) since the 1980s

  • Wiesław Ziaja

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Wiesław Ziaja, Krzysztof Ostafin
    Pages 1-11
  3. Wiesław Ziaja, Justyna Dudek, Michał Węgrzyn, Maja Lisowska, Maria Olech, Piotr Osyczka
    Pages 13-18
  4. Wiesław Ziaja, Michał Węgrzyn, Maja Lisowska, Maria Olech, Piotr Osyczka
    Pages 19-33
  5. Wiesław Ziaja, Justyna Dudek, Krzysztof Ostafin, Michał Węgrzyn, Maja Lisowska, Maria Olech et al.
    Pages 35-73
  6. Wiesław Ziaja, Michał Węgrzyn, Maja Lisowska, Maria Olech, Piotr Osyczka
    Pages 75-78

About this book


This revised edition describes the transformation of the environment and landscape of Western Sørkapp Land based on research data collected by Jagiellonian University scientific expeditions in the period 1980–1986 and in 2008. It also outlines potential directions of the transformation of Western Sørkapp Land.
Western Sørkapp Land has been experiencing dramatic natural changes such as glacial recession, coastline retreat, emergence of new landforms and Quaternary deposits, as well as changes in the water drainage and network due to global warming. Western Sørkapp Land is a very remote and diverse region, which is representative of the European Arctic. The establishment of South Spitsbergen National Park has led to a regeneration of the local reindeer herd, which has caused overgrazing of the local tundra resulting in altered plant communities and soil erosion. They have also destroyed numerous bird nests. The transformation of Western Sørkapp Land is set to continue.  


Sørkapp Land Environment Climate Warming Glacial Recession New Landforms and Deposits Coastline Retreat Changes in Water Drainage Changes in Vegation Landscape Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Wiesław Ziaja
    • 1
  1. 1.Inst of Geography & Spatial MgmtJagiellonian UniversityKrakówPoland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-26572-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-26574-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-4165
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-4173
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