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MonArc (Monitoring of Arctic Infrastructure) will create and facilitate research cooperation between Norwegian and Russian researchers in Svalbard on the basis of joint monitoring of infrastructure response to climate change influence.


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Damaged road pavement in Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Photo: A. Sinitsyn

Results of monitoring can be used as an input data for assessment of climate change impacts on infrastructure. Data after the first years of observations will help to analyze the state of infrastructure stability in current climate conditions. Analysis of obtained data will help to save investments in infrastructure in the future – more cost efficient solutions for particular structures and for general planning of infrastructure can be proposed. Direct benefits for society and industry partners involved in the project consist in to have their structures monitored by project executors.

Project activities include planning of field works, field surveys, reporting, two workshops, and a public lecture (at Svalbard Seminaret, Longyearbyen) about the project and it's main deliverables.

Monitoring of infrastructure will be carried out in four settlements: Longyearbyen, Barentsburg, Svea, and Pyramiden.


Moscow State University, Geology department
The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Arctic Technology department
Longyearbyen Lokalstyre
Trust Arcticugol, (Barentsburg/Moscow)
Store Norske Spitsbergen Grubekompani (SNSK), Longyearbyen

Activities 2017

First field measurements for the MonArc settlement monitoring campaign were initiated in summer 2017. A survey was conducted by a standard manual differential leveling. The research group consisted from Katharina Beutner (summer intern student at SINTEF, BSc student at SAMS/UNIS), Pavel Kotov (senior researcher, Moscow State University), Arne Aalberg (professor, University Centre in Svalbard), and Anatoly Sinitsyn (researcher, SINTEF Community).

The following works were carried out in 2017:

  • Identification of reference points (fixed ground points) in the vicinity of the buildings.
  • Installation of fixed bolts on the base or foundation structure of the buildings.
  • Leveling of the marked points.
  • Reporting.

The following buildings in four small towns in Svalbard were surveyed:


  • UNIS Guest House (fig. 1).
  • Building "Elvesletta Byggetrinn 1" of a new hotel (fig. 2).


  • The three-story building "Komplex GRZ" (fig. 3).


  • A multi-purpose garage (fig. 4).


  • The two-story barrack building "New green barrack" (fig. 5).
  • A multi-purpose garage (fig. 6).

Results of field work in summer 2017 provide baseline elevation data for assessment of future settlements of the surveyed buildings. Data are stored in the project archive, which will be publicly available at a later stage from the Research-In-Svalbard (RiS) database.

Fig. 1. UNIS Guest House (UGH). Photo: Anatolii Sinitsyn

Fig. 2. Building "Elvesletta Byggetrinn 1". Photo: Anatolii Sinitsyn

Fig. 3. The three-story building "Komplex GRZ". Photo: Anatolii Sinitsyn

Fig. 4. A multi-purpose garage in Pyramiden. Photo: Anatolii Sinitsyn

Fig. 5. The two-story barrack building "New green barrack". Photo: Katharina Beutner

Fig. 6. A multi-purpose garage in Svea. Photo: Katharina Beutner


MonArc report 2017

MonArc report 2018

MonArc report 2019

MonArc data set



2017 - 2019