Scientific research and monitoring in polar regions are crucial for understanding global changes in climate and the environment. Our research topics are:
- Climate / Climate change
- Environmental pollutants and toxins
- Marine ecosystems
Our research is conducted partly through the Institute's Centre for ice, climate and ecosystems (ICE).
Advisory services and management
The Norwegian Polar Institute is a directorate under the Ministry of the Environment, and advises Norwegian authorities on matters concerning polar issues. The Institute is also Norway’s competent environmental authority in Antarctica.
Activities in polar regions
If you're planning a visit to or an activity in Antarctica, please note that you must inform the Norwegian Polar Institute (or one of the other treaty states) no later than one year in advance.
The Institute has extensive experience with large scale operations in the Arctic and Antarctic. Logistic support services and equipment are available to researchers and other parties. Our research vessel, the R/V Lance, is available for hire.
Upcoming in March 2014
We are committed to making our knowledge about polar regions available to government agencies, our collaborating partners and the general public.
TopoSvalbard is now extended with a new map layer: satellite imagery.
In 2013 the Norwegian Polar Institute released two new geological map sheets from Svalbard: Hopen (1 : 100 000) with an integrated map description and Nordaustlandet SW (1 : 200 000).
Circulation and Exchanges at High-latitude Ocean Margins: Dynamical Models and observations from Instrumented Seals
Qin Zhou successfully defended her PhD.