Published April 17, 2024 | Version v4
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A new repository of electrical resistivity tomography and ground penetrating radar data from summer 2022 near Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard.

  • 1. Politecnico di Torino
  • 2. ROR icon University of Turin
  • 3. Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro
  • 4. ROR icon Institute of Methodologies for Environmental Analysis
  • 5. ROR icon National Research Council
  • 6. ROR icon Institute of Geosciences and Earth Resources
  • 7. Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Pisa


We present the geophysical data set acquired in summer 2022 close to Ny-Ålesund (Western Svalbard, Brøggerhalvøya peninsula, Norway) as part of the project ICEtoFLUX (MUR/PRA2021 project-0027). The data set is composed of Electrical Resistivity Tomography (ERT) and GroundPenetrating Radar (GPR) surveys, which are well-known geophysical techniques for the characterization of glacial and hydrological processes and features. 18 ERT profiles and 10 GPR lines were acquired, for a total surveyed length of 9.3 km. The data have been organized in a consistent repository that includes both raw and processed (filtered) data. Some representative examples of 2D models of the subsurface are provided, that is, 2D sections of electrical resistivity (from ERT) and 2D radargrams (from GPR). These examples can support the identification of the active layer and the occurrence of spatial variation of soil conditions at depth. The aim of the investigation is to characterize the role of groundwater flow in correspondence of the active layer as well as through and/or below the permafrost. The data set is of major relevance because scant attention has been paid to the publication of geophysical data from the Ny-Ålesund area so far. Moreover, these geophysical data can foster multidisciplinary scientific collaborations in the fields of hydrology, glaciology, climate, geology, geomorphology, etc. To a large extent, the data set can provide new insight into the hydrological dynamics and polar and climate changes studies on the Ny-Ålesund area. 


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Preprint: 10.5194/essd-2023-461 (DOI)
Journal article: 10.5194/essd-16-3171-2024 (DOI)


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  • Pace, F., Vergnano, A., Godio, A., Romano, G., Capozzoli, L., Baneschi, I., Doveri, M., and Santilano, A.: A new repository of electrical resistivity tomography and ground-penetrating radar data from summer 2022 near Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 16, 3171–3192,, 2024.