Centre for Ice, Climate & Ecosystems (ICE) now officially opened

The new centre ICE at the Norwegian Polar Institute was officially opened by the Minister of the Environment Erik Solheim 17 March 2009. The research focus of ICE is ice, climate and ecosystems.

Erik Solheim åpner ICE-sentret ved å sage over en iskjerne

Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim officially opened the ICE-centre in Tromsø on 17 March. James Hansen (left) and Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute Jan-Gunnar Winther (right) assisted. Photo: Jesper Hansen / Arctic Council

Erik Solheim

Erik Solheim. Photo: Jesper Hansen / Arctic Council

James Hansen

James Hansen. Photo: Jesper Hansen / Arctic Council

ICE will further develop the Norwegian Polar Institute's position as a stakeholder in climate related research, such as ice, sea ice, alpine glaciers and effects of climate change on ecosystems, including ice-associated species.

ICE is funded by the Ministry of the Environment.

Minister of the Environment and International Development Erik Solheim officially opened the ICE-centre by sawing through an ice core of sea ice from the Fram Strait in the Arctic. Through the High North strategy, the Government seeks to further strengthen the research community in Tromsø, and will fund also an overarching leading international centre of research on climate change and the environment in Tromsø.

During the opening James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, spoke about the importance of climate research.