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
I’m no biologist, but that looks like a polar bear to me
The big picture is we’re trying to understand why Arctic sea ice has declined so dramatically. For now though, we focus on the challenges of field work in the Arctic … including polar bear vandalism.
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.
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".