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
Thoughts of a polar bear watchman
Today I am on polar bear watch. It is my job to make sure the scientists may do their work without having to worry about polar bears. In my belt I’ve got a flare gun, ice claws and a throw line, and on my shoulder I carry a half-loaded rifle.
First polar bear visit
This morning we had our first visit from a polar bear. It passed the ship and sniffed our installations before continuing its journey east.
I was born on 20 January 2015. I began my life in the clouds, far above the surface of the frozen Arctic Ocean.
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".