Since 1984 Adam Mickiewicz University (AMU) in Poznan, Poland, has been conducting research in Petuniabukta area, Svalbard. Untill 2009, 14 expeditions were carried out and their members found their shelter in Skottehytta - an old wooden trapper cabin located on the eastern coast of Petuniabukta in Billefjorden. Since 2009 many efforts were made to establish an own station, especially by prof. Grzegorz Rachlewicz with help of prof. Andrzej Kostrzewski and prof. Marek Marciniak (all from Faculty of Geosciences AMU), with care of prof. Bronislaw Marciniak (rector of AMU). Finally, AMU and the Norwegian authorities agreed to build 2 cabins, 10 m sq. each, north from Skottehytta.
Construction of the cabins was commisioned to 'Metalplast' (in Oborniki Wlkp): an experienced manufacturer who produced barracks for Polish Antarctic Station Arctowski (South Shetlands). On the 8th July 2011 a Polish ship MS Horyzont II, transporting pieces of the barracks (approx. 3 tonnes), reached Petuniabukta.
Many people disinterestedly helped in the unload: the AMU team consisted only of 4 men and 2 women, all of them being researchers trying their luck at engineering. Thanks to colleagues from Horyzont II, Naviga, University of Gdansk, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, students from Maritime University in Gdynia and fair, warm weather, the disembarkation took only about 7 hours.
The building process was performed by the team of the 16th AMU Polar Expedition:
-Grzegorz Rachlewicz (leader)
-Jakub 'Kuba' Malecki
Construction started on the 9th and finished on the 25th of July 2011. The new Adam Mickiewicz University Polar Station (AMUPS) is established approximately 400 m north from Skottehytta, making it the northernmost Polish research unit at 78°42,22' N and 16°36,14' E (1260 km from the North Pole).
The research based on AMUPS covers many aspects of Earth sciences, although other disciplines are warmly invited as well. The ongoing projects are LaMoBil (geomorphology, RiS id 4974), ArcDENDRO (dendrochronology, RiS id 4269) and DIL*ICE (glaciology, RiS id 4894).
During the 16th AMU Polar Expedition in the summer period 2015 Station has been moved to the western coast of Petunia Bay. At the same time the usable area of AMUPS has doubled.
More information: http://www.staff.amu.edu.pl/~svalbard/index.php/englishtop
Added by: Joanna Zadarko