Photo impressions of field work on the FRAGILE project

A personal photo report from Maarten Loonen
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On Spitsbergen, we are studying combined effects of goose grazing and global warming on an arctic tundra. The project is called FRAGILE and is financed by the European Community. Maarten Loonen is workpackage leader and keeps a personal log of the work.


The team leaving to the field site on 25 July 2005. Click to read more...

23-25 July 2005

The final fieldwork before harvesting all treatments.

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The wet plots are still covered with snow. Click to read more...

8-21 June 2005

A late snow melt makes work in the wet plot impossible.

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Walking to the FRAGILE site. Click to read more...

9 August 2004

Evey day to the field site. But the season is ending. The vegetation plots are grazed, the adult geese released and the final experiments with the goslings are made.

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Dries observing the geese grazing the plots. Click to read more...

2 August 2004

Vegetation plots are grazed with a normal grazing pressure and a heavy grazing pressure. We use captive geese for that.

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Goose mother. Click to read more...

1 August 2004

Experiments with captive imprinted goslings are also part of the project

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The captive geese. Click to read more...

28 June 2004

The geese have arrived, with some pictures showing an overview of the two vegetation types at the experimental site.

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RenÚ van der Wal is setting up a grubbing experiment. Click to read more...

12 June 2004

Compare the various treatments after the first winter, RenÚ is setting up a new grubbing experiment and Sophie and Jani are adding phosphate to some plots.

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Richard Ubels and Laura Hondshorst are using captive barnacle geese to grazen and overgraze specific vegetation plots. Click to read more...

9 August 2003

See how plots are grazed by captive geese to simulate normal grazing and overgrazing. Compare the state of the vegetation after the grazing and meet the scientist during their dinner.

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Adventdalen seen from the mountain near Gruve 10 on 12 June 2004. The field site is just out of view behind the ridge on the right side of the picture.

Photo impressions of preparations for the field work on the FRAGILE project

Barnacle geese and goslings kept in the Netherlands for the FRAGILE project. Click to read more...

17 June 2003

In the Netherlands, we practice the work with captive goslings, to prepare similar experiments on Spitsbergen.

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Fieldwork in this period in Ny-┼lesund:http://www.maartenloonen.nl/nyaal
Personal webpage Maarten Loonen, index to all his pages:http://www.maartenloonen.nl
Official webpage of the Arctic Centre, Groningen (NL): http://www.arctic-centre.nl