Norway's central governmental institution for scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Institute advises Norwegian authorities on matters concerning polar environmental management and is the official environmental management body for Norway's Antarctic territorial claims. More about us
Breaking camp and relocating
Since we chose do work in this highly dynamic area we did plan for such events, but hoped we would be spared. Not so this time. Our ice broke apart, and we had to reposition Lance.
The N-ICE world
We are frozen in a multi-year ice floe and surrounded by moving and dynamic first-year ice floes. Out there is a maze of pressure ridges, older frozen leads and newly formed leads.
Drifting with the pack ice
Had the last weeks’ drift path continued, we would be out of the ice in a couple of days. On average, the distance to the ice edge shrunk by 5 km per day, with peaks of 35 km per day.
The Arctic climate is important for the global climate, and in recent years major changes have been observed, including decreased ice cover. Climate change will affect both ecosystems and communities in the north.
Through our scientific research, monitoring and counselling, we provide knowledge to the Norwegian Government that helps decision-makers ensure that the Arctic is developed sustainably.
In addition to running research efforts and operating Troll station, The Norwegian Polar Institute is also Norway's competent environmental authority in Antarctica, and responsible for management of all Norwegian activities. All Norwegian subjects planning activities in Antarctica must first contact the Institute.
All activities in and visits to Antarctica must be done in accordance with the regulations set forth in the document on safety protection of the environment in Antarctica. Read the regulations summary
Norway in the Antarctic
The folder ”Norway in the Antarctic” is now available in a new and updated version.
Updated GIS package: Quantarctica
Quantarctica, a free GIS package for Antarctica, has been released in an updated version.
Surge of the century
Radar satellite images have been collected nearly daily since 2010 over Austfonna, the largest glacier in Svalbard, and in Europe. This imagery has been put together in a film to show a glacier "surge".
NPI seminar: Snow accumulation in the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica from firn cores, airborne radar, and atmospheric models
Speaker: Brooke Medley, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
NPI seminar: Ice core evidence for cold Greenland in the late 20th century induced by modern solar maximum
By: Takuro Kobashi, Climate and Environmental Physics / Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research, University of Bern. Switzerland.