Matt Strzelecki

Matt Strzelecki
University of Wroclaw | WROC · Department od Geomorphology

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October 2016 - present
University of Wroclaw
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  • Researcher
October 2013 - September 2016
University of Wroclaw
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  • PostDoc Position
August 2012 - July 2013
University Centre in Svalbard
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  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (66)
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The change in the structure of the polar landscape since the termination of the Little Ice Age (ca. 1900) is expressed by widespread retreat of glaciers, progressive exposure of glacial landforms at ice margins and opening ice marginal zones to increasing paraglacial and periglacial processes operating synchronously in adjacent areas. This study pr...
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The Arctic is the region characterized by one of most rapidly responses to climatic changes in the World. Higher and more frequent waves over increasingly open waters, combined with shifting winds, and melting permafrost result in an increase in coastal erosion. Our project aims to answer the question of how increased storminess will affect future...
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Glacier-fed hydrological systems in high latitude regions experience high seasonal variation in meltwater runoff. The peak in runoff usually coincides with the highest air temperatures which drive meltwater production. This process is often accompanied by the release of sediments from within the glacier system that are transported and suspended in...
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In this article, we explore the potential for sea-level change and rocky coastal evolution reconstruction hidden in one of the most intriguing rocky coastal landforms in the Baltic Sea region—rauks. Those unique limestone sea stacks are preserved along the coasts of a number of Swedish islands, with Gotland and Fårö as primary locations. We contrib...
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Tidewater glaciers on the east coast of Svalbard were examined for surface elevation changes and retreat rate. An archival digital elevation model (DEM) from 1970 (generated from aerial images by the Norwegian Polar Institute) in combination with recent ArcticDEM were used to compare the surface elevation changes of eleven glaciers. This approach w...
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Rapid changes of glacial lakes are among the most visible indicators of global warming in glacierized areas around the world. The general trend is that the area and number of glacial lakes increase significantly in high mountain areas and polar latitudes. However, there is a lack of knowledge about the current state of glacial lakes in the High Arc...
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Essay: https://arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card/Report-Card-2020/ArtMID/7975/ArticleID/904/Coastal-Permafrost-Erosion
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Due to the extensive use of plastics, their quantity in the environment is constantly increasing, which creates a global problem. In the present study, we sought to isolate, test and identify Antarctic microorganisms which possess the ability to biodegrade bioplastics such as poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL), poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) and poly(butyl...
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On the 17 June 2017, a massive landslide which mobilized 35–58 million m3 of material entered the Karrat Isfjord in western Greenland. It triggered a tsunami wave with a runup height exceeding 90 m close to the landslide, ca. 50 m on the opposite shore of the fjord. The tsunami travelled ca. 32 km along the fjord and reached the settlement of Nuuga...
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A key factor limiting our understanding of rock slope behavior and associated geohazards is the interaction between internal and external system controls on the nature, rates, and timing of rockfall activity. We use high-resolution, monthly terrestrial light detection and ranging (LiDAR) surveys over a 2 year monitoring period to quantify rockfall...
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The Holocene history of Baltic Sea evolution is definitely one of the most interesting and intriguing stories of environmental change in Europe. To date, the key information on changes in sea-level and shifts in the environment associated with climate fluctuations were found in coastal lakes, marshes and wide stripe of barrier-lagoon systems of sou...
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A challenge for coastal conservation over the next decades is to predict and then effectively manage the outcomes of ongoing climate change in the context of the Anthropocene. Paraglacial coasts are those on or adjacent to present or formerly glaciated terrain and which are still influenced by glacigenic processes. Ongoing response of paraglacial c...
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Changes in the properties and dynamics of tidewater glacier systems are key indicators of the state of Arctic climate and environment. Calving of tidewater glacier fronts is currently the dominant form of ice mass loss and a major contributor to global sea‐level rise. An important yet under studied aspect of this process is transformation of Arctic...
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Abstract. On the 17th of June 2017, a massive landslide which mobilized ca. 35–58 million m<sup>3</sup> of material entered the Karrat Fjord in western Greenland. It triggered a tsunami wave with a runup height exceeding 90 m close to the landslide, ca. 50 m on the opposite shore of the fjord. The tsunami travelled ca. 32 km across the fjord and re...
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Abstract is available at: https://epic.awi.de/id/eprint/50808/
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It has been widely reported that Arctic sea ice has decreased in both extent and thickness, coupled with steadily rising mean annual temperatures. These trends have been particularly severe along the rock coast of southern Svalbard. Concerns have been raised over the potential for higher energy storms and longer ice-free open water seasons to incre...
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Although the general concept that escarpments in layered rocks retreat through time was offered more than 150 years ago, recognizing the exact mechanisms, patterns and rates of retreat remains a challenge. In this paper, we provide the state-of-the-art of the theme of escarpment retreat, reviewing both the classic contributions, often forgotten but...
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Bathymetric seabed surveys recently conducted using multibeam echosounder by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service delivered high quality data that allow construction of raster, submetric accuracy models of seabed, and, at the same time, visualize and interpret the seabed geomorphology. In this paper we present our pilot interpretation of Skoddebukta...
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The development of coastal permafrost along western coast of Spitsbergen is influenced by the seawaters of Greenland Sea, particularly the warm West Spitsbergen Current. Over the year the sea temperature which ranges between -2 to + 2ºC (Zajączkowski et al. 2010) affects the ground thermal state along the coast. The sea salinity may also change the...
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Despite over 40 years of scientific activitiity, the recognition and understanding of ground thermal conditions in the surroundings of Henryk Arctowski Polish Antarctic Station is rather poor. To date, the only data on ground temperatures were based on seasonal observations carried out in the weather station (Kejna and Láska 1999, Kruszewski G. 200...
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Beach pollution is one of the most common hazards in present-day anthro-pogenic environments. Even in the remote Svalbard Archipelago, pollution impacts the beach system and can pose environmental threats. The significant increase in human activity observed in Svalbard over the last 20-30 years has resulted in a visible change in the amount of coas...
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Longyearbyen is the major administrative, touristic and scientific centre in Svalbard and so‐called ‘European Gateway’ to the Arctic. The number of inhabitants and tourists as well as community infrastructure has significantly expanded over the recent decade and present‐day community faces development thresholds associated with climate warming and...
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In Svalbard, the rapid glacier retreat observed since the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA) has transformed the geomorphology and sediment budgets of glacial forelands, river valleys and slope systems. To date, relatively little information exists regarding the impact of such a profound glacial landscape degradation on the evolution of coastal enviro...
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Although the size-frequency distributions of icebergs can provide insight into how they disintegrate, our understanding of this process is incomplete. Fundamentally, there is a discrepancy between iceberg power-law size-frequency distributions observed at glacial calving fronts and lognormal size-frequency distributions observed globally within ope...
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The Arctic areas, like Svalbard, are particularly sensitive to global climate changes as proved by modern monitoring data and the past records. One of the most spectacular changes is the rapid retreat of tidewater glaciers during the post-Little Ice Age period (after ~1900) observed in many subpolar fjords in Svalbard. Due to the retreat, new bays...
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This paper presents the results of two-dimensional electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) of permafrost developed in coastal zone of Hornsund, SW Spitsbergen. The measurements were made using the Wenner-Schlumberger electrode array with an electrode spacing 5 m for overview and 1.5 or 1 m spacing for detailed imaging. Using the ERT inversion resul...
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The increasing amount of plastic waste causes significant environmental pollution. In this study, screening of Arctic microorganisms which are able to degrade bioplastics was performed. In total, 313 microorganisms were isolated from 52 soil samples from the Arctic region (Spitsbergen). Among the isolated microorganisms, 121 (38.66%) showed biodegr...
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This paper presents the results of an investigation into the processes controlling development of a cryo-conditioned rock coast system in Hornsund, Svalbard. A suite of nested geomorphological and geophysical methods have been applied to characterise the functioning of rock cliffs and shore platforms influenced by lithological control and geomorphi...
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17.6 km section of coastline in Hornsund, SW Svalbard is analysed to assess the role of geology in shaping rocky coasts at the macro-scale (100s m to km), with the focus on headland/embayment alternation. The study combines geomorphometry to quantify coastline shape, analysis of lithological variation, strike and dip, all derived from detailed geol...
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ABSTRACTWe reconstruct the behaviour of a High Arctic gravel-dominated beach complex that has developed in centralSpitsbergen, Svalbard, since the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA). The studied coastal environment in northernBillefjorden (Petuniabukta) is characterised by limited wave action and ephemeral sediment delivery from non-glaciated, mainly...
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Abstract: Pyramiden, Mimerbukta, central Spitsbergen, is an abandoned Russian town and coal mine with port and in¬dustrial infrastructure left in the coastal zone. This study investigates the impact of coastal zone changes and operation of geomorphological processes on Arctic town infrastructure. Using a combination of methods including geomorpholo...
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This paper presents the results of the Schmidt Hammer Rock Tests (SHRTs) across a range of rocky coastal landforms.Northern Billefjorden (central Spitsbergen), represents typical High Arctic microtidal fjord environment. Sheltered location and prolonged sea-ice conditions limit wave action. Coastal cliffs, shore platforms and skerries are developed...
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Asection of a gravel−dominated coast in Isbjørnhamna (Hornsund, Svalbard) was analysed to calculate the rate of shoreline changes and explain processes controlling coastal zone development over last 50 years. Between 1960 and 2011, coastal landscape of Isbjørn− hamna experienced a significant shift from dominated by influence of tide−water glacier...
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The rapid climate warming being observed in the Svalbard is leading to an increase in human activities in the coastal zone, leading to an increased need for coastal hazard assessment. Present-day Svalbard coastal landscapes are modified by increased degradation of permafrost accelerated sediment supply from deglaciated catchments, and prolonged per...
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A section of a gravel-dominated coast in Isbjørnhamna (Hornsund, Svalbard) was analysed to calculate the rate of shoreline changes and explain processes controlling coastal zone development over last 50 years. Between 1960 and 2011, coastal landscape of Isbjørnhamna experienced a significant shift from dominated by influence of tide-water glacier a...
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A characteristic feature of sandstone-capped escarpments in the Stołowe Mountains is the occurrence of extensive boulder mantles which extend from the rock face to the footslope over distances of 300–500 m. The hypothesis implying rockfall as the process of boulder release from the rock face and subsequent transport is tested by means of Conefall 1...
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To date, the effects of tsunami have been mainly reported from tropical and temperate regions. Tsunami in polar regions have been mainly recorded in fjords, which are particularly prone to hazards associated with landslide-generated tsunamis. The rapid climate warming being observed in the high latitudes effects in an increase of human activities i...
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Southern Bellsund is characterised by one of the most diverse coastal geomorphology in the entire Svalbard. Coastal environments range from vast tidal flats, wide gravel-dominated beaches, lagoons, migrating spits and both rocky and ice cliffs. In this paper we summarise the geomorphological investigations carried out along selected coastal section...
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Abrupt shifts in sediment supply, relative sea level, permafrost regime, glacier state, snow cover and sea ice conditions associated with Holocene climate changes control processes operating on High Arctic coasts and make reconstructions of their past evolution a significant research challenge. This study attempts to describe the development of the...
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We test the application of dendrochronological methods for dating and assessing the environmental impacts of tsunamis in polar regions, using an example of the 21 November 2000 landslide−generated tsunami in Vaigat Strait (Sullorsuaq Strait), West Greenland. The studied tsunami inundated a c. 130 m−wide coastal plain with seawater, caused erosion o...
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An array of Güralp ESPCD broadband seismometers was deployed along the coast of Vaigat strait, West Greenland, to explore the dynamics of icebergs and to understand the controls on iceberg drift, grounding and fragmentation. The monitoring campaign collected 7 weeks of continuous data from 6 instruments. The data contains multiple discrete events p...
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Sedimentation from tsunami on coastal plains is usually interpreted to be mainly an effect of flooding wave (runup). The role of backwash or water drainage phase in sedimentation is often local, particularly on flat wide coastal plains. However, in settings where coastal plain is more steep or the relatively narrow coastal plain is confined by stee...
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The arctic environment is changing: air temperatures, major river discharges and open water season length have increased, and storm intensities and tracks are changing. Thirteen quantitative studies of the rates of coastline position change throughout the Arctic show that recently observed environmental changes have not led to ubiquitously or conti...
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The pristine coasts of Spitsbergen, major island of Svalbard Archipelago provide a superb opportunity to quantify how High Arctic coasts are responding to glacier retreat and associated intensified sediment flux to the fjord and shelf zones. This study focuses on the mechanisms controlling the recent coastal evolution (1990–2009) in Northern Petuni...
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Development of polar beach systems is quite different from the lower latitudes coastlines, since due to the presence of shore ice, the wave action is usually limited only to short summer season. It often results in poorly developed coarse grained beaches. However, the controlling factors and the rate of beach development are poorly understood. Here...
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Cold shores in warming times - current state and future challenges in High Arctic coastal geomorphological studies Many of the existing intellectual paradigms regarding the functioning of the polar coastal zone are now out-dated, based on descriptive geomorphology and a limited process-based understanding. Currently, among many components of Arctic...
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Hørbyebreen surged in the 19th or early 20th century, as suggested by geomorphological evidences and looped medial moraines. In this study, we investigate its wide−spread geometry changes and geodetic mass balance with 1960 contour lines, 1990 and 2009 digital elevation models, in order to define the present−day state of the glacier. We also study...
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Since the end of the Little Ice Age (LIA) Svalbard landscape has been undergoing rapid environmental change and experiencing paraglacial readjustment transforming formerly glacial environments into non-glacial systems. In recent years the geomorphological research on Svalbard has focused on the paraglacial processes operating in proglacial zones an...
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High Arctic Paraglacial Coastal Evolution in Northern Billefjorden, Svalbard In contrast to mid and low latitude coasts, relatively little is known regarding the potential impacts of climate and sea-level change on cold region coastal margins. This is an important area of research given the pace of recent climate change and future predictions. Sval...
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Most sediment budget studies in paraglacial, High Arctic, environments have focussed attention on quantifying sediment fluxes in glacial and fluvial catchments. In contrast, little attention has been paid to the functioning of the paraglacial coastal zone with existing models of coastal change based on relict systems developed in mid latitude setti...
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A contoured surficial geology and geomorphology map of the forelands of the Hørbyebreen, Svenbreen and Ferdinandbreen valley glaciers in Petuniabukta, Svalbard was compiled from an orthophotograph based upon aerial photographs taken in 2009. The map reveals typical polythermal glacial landsystems, comprising ice-cored latero-frontal moraine arcs gr...
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To date, the effects of tsunami erosion and deposition have mainly been reported from tropical and temperate climatic zones yet tsunamis are also frequent in polar zones, particularly in fjord settings where they can be generated by landslides. Here we report the geological effects of a landslide-triggered tsunami that occurred on 21st November 200...
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Schmidt hammer tests across a recently deglacierized rocky coastal zone in Spitsbergen - is there a "coastal amplification" of rock weathering in polar climates? A significant limit to current understanding of cold coast evolution is the paucity of field observations regarding development of rocky coastlines and, in particular, lack of precise reco...