News archive: 2009

  • Polar Research in Tromsø 2009

    This publication describes the education and research in polar studies carried out by institutions in Tromsø during the last year.

  • Kick-off Workshop for the Norwegian-Chinese research project AMORA arranged in Shanghai

    A kick-off workshop for the new project AMORA was recently arranged in Shanghai at the Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC). AMORA stands for "Advancing Modelling and Observing solar Radiation of Arctic sea-ice - understanding changes and processes" and is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

  • The ocean beneath the Fimbul Ice Shelf is cold

    The warm deep water found over deep water outside the Fimbul Ice Shelf does not flow directly into the cavity under the ice shelf.

  • Pesticides in Svalbard snow

    Scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) have investigated the amount of pesticides in the snow in Svalbard. Read about their findings here.

  • We're there!

    Today the expedition arrived at the site M1, where the first hole will be drilled through the ice shelf. The trip here was challenging.

  • A new image mosaic of the Fimbul Ice Shelf

    A mosaic of high resolution mages gives a detailed view of the Fimbul Ice Shelf.

  • The glaciologists at the Fimbul Ice Shelf

    Glaciology is traditionally a male dominated field, however the glaciologists participating in the expedition to the Fimbul Ice Shelf are all women.

  • International workshop on black carbon in snow

    A seminar on black carbon in snow sampling, albedo effects and climate impact was recently organized in Tromsø.

  • 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.

  • Traverse completed

    February 21 at 4 pm, 1600 UTC, the Norwegian-American Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica 2007-2009 rolled in to Troll Station. The field part of this large IPY project has been successfully completed.

  • Melt ponds may explain rapid melting of sea ice

    The current climate models do not predict an ice-free Arctic for another 50 to 100 years, but observations show that melting of the sea ice is accelerating. Why are none of the models able to describe this rapid change? Melt ponds on the sea ice in summer may be part of the explanation.

  • Workshop on Arctic surface-based sea ice observations

    This week held The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) workshop on Arctic surface-based sea ice observations:Integrated protocols and coordinated data acquisition.

  • Norwegian-Canadian collaboration in the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study

    The Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study (CFL) is a large Canadian-led international effort to understand the role of the CFL in a context of Arctic warming.

  • Young Scientist Forum - a meeting place for young polar scientists

    40 young polar scientists and students participate in the Young Scientist Forum (YSF), which is held in conjunction with this year's Arctic Frontiers conference in Tromsø in January 2009.

  • First science on return trip

    The traverse departed Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and commenced its 2300 km return journey back to Troll Station on December 23, 2008. After a week in the field everything is going fine, and the first science stop has now been completed.