We give you regularly updated news about polar research, management, expeditions, outreach, Arctic and Antarctic wildlife, and more.

  • Research vessel Kronprins Haakon taking shape

    The construction of the new Norwegian research vessel Kronprins Haakon is taking shape in Italy. The main engines and the largest winch for the scientific work were recently placed on board.

  • N-ICE2015 is moving ahead

    65 scientists from 22 institutions and 10 countries gather in Malangen, Norway to present and discuss the first analyses of data from N-ICE2015.

  • New film from the thin ice studies in the Arctic: N-ICE2015

    Now you can watch a film from the project.

  • ICE Ringed seals – 2nd (and final) field report

    We are soon on our way south toward Longyearbyen, weather permitting, at the end of a successful expedition, which is the last field work for this project.

  • ICE Ringed seals 2012 First Field Report

    The ICE Ringed seals project is back in Svalbard for a third and final season of tagging seals with satellite transmitters. 3 weeks in, the scientists have now completed fhe first phase of the 2012 fieldwork.

  • Studying the sea ice from the northern tip of Alaska

    Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) researchers are working in collaboration with their American colleagues to study the processes important to the melt of sea ice in the Arctic.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.