The two catchments are located south of Longyearbyen, the main town in Svalbard.

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Figure 1: Location of Svalbard and to the left, a more detailed topographic map of the two catchments being investigated

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Figure 2: Dryadbreen (left) and Fardalen (right)

Names of the catchments

Dryadbreen or Dryadebreen

In Norwegian 'dryad' is a wood nymph and 'breen' is a glacier. No wood nymphs have been spotted so far though!


In Norwegian 'dal' is a valley and the name means 'valley of passage' as in winter it is a popular route from Adventfjorden (Longyearbyen) to Svea where there is coal mining.