About the Norwegian Polar Institute
The Norwegian Polar Institute is active within the fields of scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and Antarctica. The Institute advises Norwegian authorities in strategic and thematic matters relating to the polar regions, represents Norway internationally on various occasions and is Norway’s competent environmental authority in Antarctica.
Monitoring of climate, environmental pollutants and biodiversity, and geological and topographic mapping are key activities at the Institute. Another important task is environmental monitoring in the polar regions in cooperation with Russia, and circumpolar cooperation in the Arctic and Antarctica. Fieldwork and data collection have always been central to the Polar Institute, for example examination of polar bears around Svalbard, ice core drilling in the Arctic and Antarctica, and measurements of sea ice in the Arctic Sea. The Institute equips and organises major expeditions and owns the research vessel Lance.
The organisation has grown rapidly in recent years as part of the Government’s strategic initiatives in the High North. Within the research sector, the Centre for Ice, Climate and Ecosystems (ICE) has been created as part of the Institute, to intensify research on climate and ecosystems in polar regions, especially in the north.
We represent Norway in several international forums and collaborates with research institutes all over the world. The results obtained through research and environmental monitoring projects are passed on to the civil administration, research partners, expert groups, schools and the general public. The Institute produces and distributes exhibits, books, reports and a scientific journal, Polar Research, often in collaboration with domestic and foreign partners.
The roots of the Norwegian Polar Institute stretch back to scientific expeditions to Svalbard in 1906–1907: these were the direct predecessors of the institute established in 1928.
Our head office is located in Tromsø’s Fram Centre – a network of twenty institutes with special competence related to the High North.
Learn more about us:
Norwegian Polar Institute
Hjalmar Johansens gt. 14
Phone: +47 77 75 05 00
Fax: +47 77 75 05 01
The Ministry of the Environment defines the Institute’s responsibilities and sets its tasks (report for 2012 to the ministry (PDF)). We also have commissions financed by other Ministries, environmental agencies, research institutes, the Research Council of Norway, and the EU.
Upcoming in March 2014
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.
Representatives from China and six nordic countries signed a Cooperation Agreement on the China-Nordic Arctic Research Center (CNARC).
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