Temperature monitoring of Larsbreen ice caves

The goal of this project was to learn more about the physical processes governing the cave systems and their evolution. Further on the project had the goal to test if an influence of the growing tourist activities on the cave systems exists.


As part of this project the cave systems on Larsbreen was monitored between 2015 and 2017 and the cave systems on Larsbreen, Longyearbreen and Tellbreen between 2019 and 2020. This report presents the preliminary results of these monitoring efforts. The processing and the analysis of the data are currently still ongoing and more results will follow and be presented in the form of scientific publications later on.


This report is meant to present the activities and the outcome of the project. It is also meant to serve as a first starting point for guides and people involved with glacier cave activities, giving them additional background material and foster additional considerations and discussions.