Glaciers all over the world are melting today due to global warming and glaciers in the Arctic are very strongly affected by that warming.

Mountain landscape
Fall in Kebneikaise region. Photo Tarfala Resarch Station. 

The distribution of Swedish glaciers was documented for the first time systematically in the years just before 1910. The first measurements of the Great Glacier's mass balance were made in the spring of 1946 and since then every year both how much snow accumulates on the Great Glacier during the winter and how much snow and ice melts. away during the summer (ablation). This series of measurements is the world's longest of its kind and constitutes an important basis for international scientific glaciological and climatological studies.

Within the framework of the research and monitoring program in Tarfala, mass balances are currently measured on four glaciers. On 20 glaciers, the front positions are also monitored. Monitoring of hydrology, mountain meteorology and permafrost is also done.


Our research

Probing Northern Niche. Photo Annika Granebeck.
Probing Northern Niche. Photo Annika Granebeck.

At Tarfala Resarch Station we conduct high quality, internationally recognised scientific research on Swedish alpine and glacial environment. An important component of the research conducted at Tarfala Resarch Station is the continually measurement of Storglaciären’s mass balance, the annual height of Kebnekaise’s southern peak and other monitoring studies. 

Our research at Tarfala



Publications (from the beginning of 20th century to recent) related to the research at Tarfala Research Station. 

Publications connected to Tarfala



Director of Tarfala Research Station
Vice director of Tarfala Research Station
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