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  • 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".

  • New seabed sediment map for the Barents Sea

    The new map "Seabed sediments of the Barents Sea" has been web-published on and BarentsPortal.

  • Polar cooperation between South Korea and Norway

    Today leaders of the Korea Polar Research Institute and the Norwegian Polar Institute signed an agreement regarding a joint research centre at the premises of the Norwegian Polar Institute at the Fram Centre in Tromsø, Norway.

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