News archive: 2011
Great interest in free access to polar research
The Norwegian Polar Institute's peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal —Polar Research— has enjoyed over 100 000 full text downloads from its website during 2011, a mark of success for the journal’s move to open-access nearly one year ago.
South Pole Jubilee Celebration begins
The Norwegian Polar Institute’s Centenary Expedition South Pole 1911–2011 is participating at the South Pole 14 December, after Jan-Gunnar Winther and Stein P. Aasheim were flown to the South Pole late Monday night.
Two new geological maps of Svalbard issued
Two new geological map sheets of the 1:100 000 series of Svalbard were issued in November 2011. Both map sheets cover mainly areas in Ny-Friesland in northeastern Spitsbergen.
Cooperating with China on research project AMORA
Cooperating with China on research project AMORA
Arctic Field Grant
Svalbard Science Forum, in cooperation with the Norwegian Polar Institute, will award Arctic Field Grants in connection with research projects in Svalbard and Jan Mayen in 2012.
Nalân Koç takes over as research director at the Norwegian Polar Institute
Nalân Koç has been appointed as the new research director at the Norwegian Polar Institute. She will be the Institute’s first female research director.
Clouds halve the climatic effect of bare ocean
Dwindling sea ice in the Arctic is given a key role in climate change and is feared as a driver of global warming.
Fieldwork on ringed seals and bearded seals complete for the 2011 season
Scientists have spent some of their summer weeks in Svalbard, tagging ringed seals and bearded seals with satellite transmitters. Read about their experiences, and early results.
Polar bear attack in Svalbard
The Governor of Svalbard is investigating the incident where a 17-year-old British youth was killed and four others were injured when a polar bear attacked their camp near Von Postbreen on Spitsbergen on Friday morning.
Chinese visitors at the research village of Ny-Ålesund
Research director Kim Holmén was among those who received the Chinese delegation that recently visited the research village of Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard.
Cruise Handbook for Svalbard available in English
Interested in the coastal areas of Svalbard? This book presents handy information on wildlife, plants, geology and cultural heritage.
Equipping seals with satellite transmitters: The second field season
Ringed seals and bearded seals are being equipped with advanced satellite transmitters, which will provide scientists with detailed information about the life of the seals and how they adapt to climate change.
Report on the Expected Arctic Sea Ice Minimum
Monthly reports released throughout the summer summarize all available data and observations. Read the July report here.
Newly published ICE-article in the Chinese magazine Nature & SciTech
An article on Effects of diminishing sea ice on the Arctic Ocean ecosystem, by Drs. Haakon Hop and Nalan Koc from the Norwegian Polar Institute, was recently published in Nature & SciTech.
Conclusions from the ICE-cruise with RV Lance
After 3 weeks of intensive work in icy waters off northern Svalbard, this year's ICE-cruise ended on May 16 in Longyearbyen. During this period, we documented the spring ocean and ice conditions as well as the timing and composition of the ice algal and phytoplankton bloom. We also studied spring snow–ice–ocean–atmosphere interactions, which are of great importance for improving the performance of climate models.
Blog from RV Lance: Old Clams Provide New Insight About Arctic Change
Most benthic organisms are relatively stationary as adults so they have no possibility to move if conditions change – they must adapt or die. Organisms employ different strategies to cope with the extreme environments of the Arctic.
So what is CryoSat validation?
Yesterday we ended the last ice station for the CryoSat validation group during a beautiful evening. The levelling team spent the last hours by the lead on the remote side of the floe, helped by two wonderful polar bear guardesses.
The Arctic Council to Tromsø
The eight nations that are members of the Arctic Council have agreed to make Tromsø the permanent home of the Secretariat.
Blog from the Zooplankton group
Strong winds from the north put the work on board on hold for a day.
Blog from RV Lance: Under-ice turbulence instruments recovered
Today we recovered our under-ice turbulence instruments after two days of operation. The system consists of eight different sensors fixed to an eight meter long aluminium pole.
Blog from RV Lance: Measuring, coring, drilling, dug snow pits and a whole lot of other things on the sea ice.
After a week at sea we have been already walking on water many times, at times with more than 2000 m of water below our feet, we have been measuring, coring, drilling, dug snow pits and a whole lot of other things on the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean north of Svalbard.
Blog from RV Lance: Plankton and sea ice ecology
Air temperature -8 °C, but feeling colder due to the wind chill; water temperature close to freezing, overcast skies, and three people (Harvey, Mirko and Philipp) in survival suits close to the edge of a large ice flow.
Accellerated melting in the Arctic
The ice in the Arctic is melting more rapid than expected, and may lead to a sea level rise of 1,5 metres by the year 2100.
International prohibition of the pesticide endosulfan
In early May the Parties to the Stockholm Convention agreed to ban use of the pesticide endosulfan. This pesticide has highly detrimental effects not only on human health but also in the environment, where it persists and can be transported over long distances.
Diving in the Arctic: ICE-cruise 2011 blog
The ICE-dive team has been pretty active during the first part of the ICE-cruise 2011.
Cryosat: ICE-cruise 2011 blog
An international group of seven sea ice scientists left Longyearbyen on 4 April onboard the Norwegian Coastguard vessel KV Svalbard together with polar bear and ivory gull researchers, heading towards the sea ice north and northeast of Svalbard.
The cruise leader´s experience: ICE-cruise 2011 blog
Yesterday afternoon when we left Longyearbyen the scenery was incredibly beautiful. The ice-covered Isfjorden was basking in the sun and the air was totally calm as Lance was slowly sailing through the ice.
ICE centre's RV Lance cruise is starting today.
Jan-Gunnar Winther continues as director of the Norwegian Polar Institute
Today, Director Jan-Gunnar Winther was appointed by the King in Council to his second term of 6 years as director of the Norwegian Polar Institute.
Norwegian Polar Institute's annual report for 2010
The annual report addresses the the Institute activities, financial statements and publications of 2010. It includes articles about climate change in the Norwegian Arctic, the update of the management plan for the Barents Sea and areas off the Lofoten Islands, logistics in Antarctica, and sea birds and the new Norwegian Red List.
A new insight into visualizing the bottom of thousands-meter-thick ice in Antarctica and Greenland
As medical doctors look the inside of your body using X ray, glaciologists use radar to peer into the deep blue ice and its bottom interface to the rock and ocean.
Recovery Lakes, East Antarctica: Radar assessment of sub-glacial water extent
In 2007 four new large subglacial lakes were reported in the upper reaches of the Recovery ice stream, in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. The collective extent of these lakes, whose existence was deduced from satellite data, would have put them among Antarctica’s largest, second only to Lake Vostok.
Violation of Antarctic regulations
The Norwegian Polar Institute, as the competent authority, has made a decision to formally report the expedition leader of the Berserk expedition to Norwegian prosecuting authorities for violation of the Antarctic regulations.
New report: Climate Change in the Norwegian Arctic - Implications for life in the North
NorACIA (Norwegian Arctic Climate Impact Assessment) report "Climate change in the Arctic. Consequences for life in the north", is translated into English.