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Stark warning from scientists that climate change already has severe impacts on marine mammals at Svalbard
The Green Arctic – Plants as cornerstones in terrestrial ecosystems
Master thesis project on arctic ecotoxicology – Pollutant effects in walruses
The Norwegian Polar Institute and UiT The Arctic University of Norway are looking for a student to a master thesis project that will examine contaminant related health effects in walruses from Svalbard. Walrus samples will be analyzed for pollutants, hormone levels and immunological responses. In addition they will be analyzed for mRNA expression of genes related to hormone disruption and immune suppression.
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.
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.
Climate change may impact Arctic wildlife
Results from the Norwegian IPY project CLEOPATRA show that climate change can affect the growth conditions of ice algae and copepods in the Arctic. The algae produce omega-3 fatty acids, and the copepods are an important delivery system for these fatty acids to the rest of the marine food chain.
Marine-biological experiment at Svalbard
More than 30 scientists from various European countries are currently travelling to Ny-Ålesund. During the next six weeks, they will participate in a large-scale study about the effect of increased CO2-concentrations on the pelagic marine ecosystem.
New book: Ecosystem Barents Sea
The book Ecosystem Barents Sea has now been published in English on Tapir Academic Press, Trondheim, Norway. Many researchers and managers at the Norwegian Polar Institute have contributed to the chapters in this book.