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Geological map of Svalbard for smartphones
If you're looking for a geological map of Svalbard, you'll no longer need to purchase printed maps, nor rely on mobile service. A GPS-enabled smartphone will suffice.
Research gives new knowledge about the Atlantic overturning circulation
Scientist Laura de Steur of the Norwegian Polar Institute and her colleague Femke de Jong have done research that contributes to understanding the process of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC).
Master thesis project on arctic ecotoxicology – Pollutant effects in walruses
The Norwegian Polar Institute and UiT The Arctic University of Norway are looking for a student to a master thesis project that will examine contaminant related health effects in walruses from Svalbard. Walrus samples will be analyzed for pollutants, hormone levels and immunological responses. In addition they will be analyzed for mRNA expression of genes related to hormone disruption and immune suppression.
Institute Director featured in documentary on climate change
Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Dr. Jan-Gunnar Winther, participated in a two-part documentary on climate change, "Warmer", which premiered on the ABS-CBN News Channel in the Philippines 28 March 2016.
Annual Report 2015 published
The Annual Report 2015 gives an overview of the Norwegian Polar Institute’s activities and achievements, financing and publications for 2015. It is in Norwegian with a summary in English. All captions and articles are in English as well as Norwegian.
New ESA satellite takes its very first image over Austfonna, Svalbard
Only 2 hours after switching on the radar on ESA’s newly launched satellite, Sentinel-1B, gave the scoop of its very first image to Svalbard by imaging the ice cap Austfonna and the island Edgeøya in great detail.
Offline Svalbard map
The Mapping section at the Norwegian Polar Institute has now prepared a detailed map of Svalbard, which can be downloaded for use on PC, tablet and smartphones while offline.
Fram Forum 2016 published
The magazine, published by the Fram Centre, provides an overview of current climate and environment research in the north. Comprising 120 pages, this year's edition is the biggest one yet.
Talk on climate given to villagers in Peru
The Director of the Polar Institute received an email from Peru earlier this winter, in which he was invited to give a talk on climate change to the locals of a small village in the Peruvian mountains.
Polar bears in Svalbard in good condition – so far
The Norwegian Polar Institute has carried out a counting of polar bears in Svalbard. The results show that there are probably more polar bears than the last time the bears were counted.
New executive director of Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC)
Lawrence Hislop has been appointed as the new Executive Director of CliC.
Research vessel Kronprins Haakon taking shape
Byggingen av forskningsskipet Kronprins Haakon i Riva Trigoso i Italia foregår med full kraft. Nylig ble begge hovedmotorene og den største vitenskapelige vinsjen montert.
N-ICE2015 is moving ahead
65 scientists from 22 institutions and 10 countries gather in Malangen, Norway to present and discuss the first analyses of data from N-ICE2015.