New archive: 2008
Living foraminiferes and the climate history of the last 2000 years
Scientists working on the IPY-projects SciencePub and Norclim will collect sediment samples from the Kongsfjorden-Krossfjorden System next week.
On the way to a circumpolar synthesis
First findings from the CLEOPATRA project point at a pronounced seasonal change in available quality and quantity of algal blooms. This indicate the importance of ice algae for this high-Arctic system.
Successful evacuation from the Antarctic
There is great relif that the injured now has been successfully evacuated from Troll, Antarctica, and flown to Cape Town, South Africa, where he has had an operation.
Prof. Rudolf H. Drent has passed away
Prof. Rudolf H. Drent (Rudi Drent) from University of Groningen died on 9 September 2008, aged 71. He was active in research to the very end.
New Arctic Council assessment work on sea ice started
The sea ice component of the project SWIPA (Climate Change and the Cryosphere: Snow, Water, Ice, and Permafrost in the Arctic) had its kick-off meeting at the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) in Tromsø in August 2008.
Collection of 2000 marine samples
During this summer's COPOL-cruise with the research vessel " Lance", more than 2000 marine samples were collected for analyses of new and old POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants).
IPY with “Early Science” conference in Oslo
In June 2010, Norway will host a large conference which is the first opportunity for direct interaction among all International Polar Year (IPY) projects after the active IPY field period in 2007-08. Scientists from all over the world are expected to visit Norway for the IPY Oslo Science Conference.
Indian research base opened in the Arctic
The Indian Minister of Science and Technology Kabil Sibal has recently visited Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard where he officially opened his country’s new polar research station.
Mid-winter greetings from Troll
NPIs wintering team at Troll likes to extend the warmest Mid-winter greetings to all their friends across the Antarctic.
Barents Sea 2007 – high activity in important area
Increasing sea temperatures, less ice, southern fish species and some reduction in the overfishing are some of the main points in three reports recently published on the status of the Barents Sea and the marine areas off the Lofoten Islands.
Mercury in marine food webs in Svalbard
Species at the top of the Arctic food chain have higher levels of mercury than animals further down in the food chain, according to a new report published by the Norwegian Polar Institute.
US lists polar bears as threatened
On 14 May the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior, published its listing of polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.
Mini-seminar on climate change and animal diseases
A mini-seminar on climate change and animal diseases will be held at the Polar Environmental Centre in Tromsø on 19 May, and is open to the interested public. The two-hour seminar will give a brief introduction to the current knowledge on climate change and the possible effects on infectious diseases in both terrestrial and marine animals.
Report on PCBs in Svalbard
Current knowledge on PCB pollution and PCB management status in Svalbard has been gathered by the Governor of Svalbard in a joint effort with ten other institutions. The resulting report points at knowledge gaps and lists important initiatives which should be carried out to fill in the gaps.
New pollutants increasing in Svalbard
The levels of new persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are increasing in polar bears, glaucous gulls and other arctic species, while the level of “old” POPs like PCBs and DDT is decreasing in the Arctic, shows a new report by the Surveillance Group for the Barents Sea.
Icegoing research vessel to be designed in Ålesund
Rolls–Royce Marine AS in Ålesund has accepted the contract to design the new, Norwegian icegoing research vessel. In the Fiscal Budget for 2008, five million NOK are granted to pre-engineering of this vessel to replace existing icegoing vessels, among those FF Lance, which belongs to the Norwegian Polar Institute.
Exhibit of giant fossil
In summer 2007, scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute participated in the excavation of a 240 million years old fossil of an Ichthyosaur in Svalbard. The fossil is part of an exhibition at the Tromsø Museum, where the general public may have a closer look at the old giant.
Decreasing sea ice thickness in the Barents Sea
The thickness of landfast sea ice during winter around the island of Hopen in Svalbard has decreased by more than 40 cm over the last 40 years.
Giant iceberg broke off from ice shelf in Antarctica
On Tuesday afternoon, a giant iceberg of more than 400 square kilometres broke off from the Wilkins Ice Shelf in Antarctica and collapsed into the sea. Both natural and human induced climate changes may provide explanations for the event.
Strong earthquake in Svalbard
An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale was registered early morning 21st February at 3:46 a.m. (local time) in Storfjorden, about 140 km south-east of Longyearbyen. This is the strongest quake in Norwegian history.
Geographical names in the Arctic and Antarctica
Do you know that the origin of the name Antarctica is "anti-Arctic"? Or that Svalbard is the name for the whole archipelago, including Bjørnøya (Bear Island), Hopen and Kvitøya? The Name Committee for Norwegian Polar Regions is the formal body that approves names in Norwegian polar areas.
Stoltenberg named mountains in Antarctica
Three mountains were named when Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg recently visited the Norwegian research station Troll in Dronning Maud Land.
Travel log from Bouvetøya
After recovering from our initial shock of seeing large chunks of Nyrøysa gone since the last expedition in 2001-2002, we got going with the work we're actually here to do!
Weather, wind and activity on Bouvetøya (Bouvet Island)
The area where the Norwegian Polar Institute’s field station was located on Bouvetøya (Bouvet Island) has been taken by a landslide, report NPI scientists currently working on the island. Read their report from the most remote island on Earth.