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Stable isotopic content of atmospheric precipitation and natural waters in the vicinity of Barentsburg (Svalbard) in 2016-2018.

Aleksandra Skakun1,2, Alexey Ekaykin1,3, Anna Kozachek1,4, Kirill Tchikhachev1, Diana Vladimirova4, and Sergey Verkulich1
Aleksandra Skakun et al.
  • 1Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Climate and environmental research laboratory, Russia (
  • 2The Central (Pulkovo) Astronomical Observatory, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 3Institute of Earth Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 4Institute of Geography, Moscow, Russia

In 2016–2018, during Russian Arctic Expedition on Svalbard (RAE-S) we have collected the samples of atmospheric precipitation, terrestrial waters, snow and ice on West Spitsbergen island in the vicinity of Grønfjorden. The measurements of stable water isotope content (δ18O and δD) in the atmospheric precipitation collected in Barentsburg has allowed to draw the Local Meteoric Water Line and to analyze the relationship between the isotopic content and air temperature. Aside from this, the d-excess values in precipitation (dexc = δD – 8δ18O) was interpreted as a marker of the moisture source. This fact was confirmed by HYSPLIT modelling of atmospheric moisture. It has been demonstrated that the isotopic content of the surface waters (lakes and rivers on mountain glacier valleys) clearly points to the dominating type of feeding (atmospheric, ground) of these hydrological objects. We have discovered the small annual variability of the isotopic composition of Lake Kongress water during 2 years and defined the sources of water in its tributes: 13 of them have atmospheric source and 9 with ground source. In general, isotopic content of water in the vicinity of Grønfjorden (mean values are: δ18O = –10,3 ‰, δD = –72,5 ‰) is higher than in other regions of Svalbard.

How to cite: Skakun, A., Ekaykin, A., Kozachek, A., Tchikhachev, K., Vladimirova, D., and Verkulich, S.: Stable isotopic content of atmospheric precipitation and natural waters in the vicinity of Barentsburg (Svalbard) in 2016-2018., EGU General Assembly 2020, Online, 4–8 May 2020, EGU2020-13048,, 2020

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