We give you regularly updated news about polar research, management, expeditions, outreach, Arctic and Antarctic wildlife, and more.
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.
New executive director of Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC)
Lawrence Hislop has been appointed as the new Executive Director of CliC.
Workshop about taking the next step to the snow research
The main idea of this workshop was to bring mostly early career and young researchers focusing on different thematics related to snow: physic, chemistry, microbiology and glaciology.
Surge of the century
Radar satellite images have been collected nearly daily since 2010 over Austfonna, the largest glacier in Svalbard, and in Europe. This imagery has been put together in a film to show a glacier "surge".
Why Antarctica is melting?
Melting at the base of Antarctica's Fimbul Ice Shelf is driven by warm surface water, as well as intermittent pulses of warmer, deeper water.
A window to the unknown: Lake Vostok has been confirmed opened
The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) has received official confirmation from Russia that scientists have drilled through the ice to Lake Vostok, a lake under the Antarctic ice cap.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15 million years old ice cover about to disappear
In 20 years, central parts of the Arctic Ocean might be ice-free for the first time in 14-15 million years.
A new Svalbard ice core
A team of scientists lead by Elisabeth Isaksson from the Norwegian Polar Institute and Margit Schwikowski from Paul Scherrer Institut (Switzerland) have together successfully recovered a 149 m deep ice core from Lomonosovfonna at 1200 m elevation.
High Mountain Glaciers and Challenges caused by Climate Change
The Norwegian Polar Institute is hosting a climate conference 8-10 June 2009 - initiated by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).