We give you regularly updated news about polar research, management, expeditions, outreach, Arctic and Antarctic wildlife, and more.
The Green Arctic – Plants as cornerstones in terrestrial ecosystems
Geological map of Svalbard for smartphones
If you're looking for a geological map of Svalbard, you'll no longer need to purchase printed maps, nor rely on mobile service. A GPS-enabled smartphone will suffice.
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.
Polar bears in Svalbard in good condition – so far
The Norwegian Polar Institute has carried out a counting of polar bears in Svalbard. The results show that there are probably more polar bears than the last time the bears were counted.
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.
New geological map database
The Norwegian polar Institute's thematic map portal Svalbardkartet has been complemented with a geological map database constructed for the scale of 1:250 000.
New publication: Geoscience Atlas of Svalbard
The Norwegian Polar Institute has published "Geoscience Atlas of Svalbard", a book that provides information about geosciences in Svalbard.
New studies show adaptation to ocean acidification under certain conditions
Scientists have found that some key animals may be able to adapt over time but only under certain conditions.
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".
Polar cooperation between South Korea and Norway
Today leaders of the Korea Polar Research Institute and the Norwegian Polar Institute signed an agreement regarding a joint research centre at the premises of the Norwegian Polar Institute at the Fram Centre in Tromsø, Norway.
Satellite imagery in TopoSvalbard
TopoSvalbard is now extended with a new map layer: satellite imagery.
Joint Norwegian and Japanese Commitment to Polar Research
The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) and the Japanese National Institute for Polar Research (NIPR) chose today to strengthen their cooperation on polar research in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Earthquake on Jan Mayen
A fairly strong earthquake shaked Jan Mayen yesterday, August 30th, at 1:43 p.m., and caused some minor damage at the station Olonkinbyen. The magnitude was determined to 6.6 by Norsar and 6.8 by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Students’ impressions from geological fieldwork in Svalbard
In July 2012 we spent one month in a field camp in northern Prins Karls Forland, Svalbard, as a part of NPI’s geological mapping programme.