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
Polar Bear Survey 2015
The polar bear population in Svalbard and the Norwegian parts of The Barents has not been assesed in eleven years. During four weeks researchers will survey and register polar bears from helicopter. The blog will be updated twice every week.
Blog: Polar Bear Survey 2015
We have had some busy days up here in the north, including lots of helicopter flying, many polar bear observations, long stretches of sailing, and we have moved to another ship.
Another side of the expedition
I selected these pictures to show another side of this expedition, aside from the polar bears, whales and birdlife, what does the ship, its crew and passengers look like through my lens?
Life in the drifting ice
At first glance the sea ice might seem like a cold and dead place, but in reality it is life everywhere. Even if we are a group of biologists onboard with many years of experience from the Arctic, we still are fascinated by the very high biological activity and diversity in the sea ice surrounding us.
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
New film from the thin ice studies in the Arctic: N-ICE2015
Now you can watch a film from the project.
Polar Research - more readers than ever
The NPI's multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal, Polar Research, has been open access since 2011.
New geological map database
The Norwegian polar Institute's thematic map portal Svalbardkartet has been complemented with a geological map database constructed for the scale of 1:250 000.