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
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 film from the thin ice studies in the Arctic: N-ICE2015
Now you can watch a film from the project.
New research activity on sea ice near the North Pole
Two scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute returned recently from fieldwork at the Russian base Barneo, which is drifting on the sea ice in the vicinity of the North Pole.
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.
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.
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.
Chinese researchers visiting Tromsø
The Chinese-Norwegian research project AMORA is developing measuring devices to improve the understanding of how the sun affects global warming, and which role the Arctic sea ice plays in this. The participants of the project recently met in Tromsø.
Norwegian Polar Institute participates in two Nordic Centres of Excellence
By involving researchers and enterprise and by gathering their brightest minds, the Nordic countries aim to help solve the challenges related to global climate change. The Top-level Research Initiative is the biggest joint Nordic research and innovation venture to date.
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.
Warmer and wetter Norwegian Arctic
The new report “Climate changes in the Norwegian Arctic – consequences for life in the north” handed over to Norwegian Minister of the Environment, Erik Solheim. The report marks the ending of many years scientific work under the project NorACIA (Norwegian Arctic Climate Impact Assessment).
The Sea Ice Outlook reports low pan-arctic ice extent
The outlook for arctic sea ice in September 2009, based on July data, indicates a continuation of low pan-arctic sea ice extent and no indication that a return to historical levels will occur.
A large pool of freshwater building up in the Arctic
Recent observations of Arctic Ocean outflow in the Fram Strait suggest that freshwater is piling up in the Arctic Ocean. A change in wind direction could release the largest amount of freshwater through Fram Strait ever recorded.
Norwegian-Canadian collaboration in the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study
The Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study (CFL) is a large Canadian-led international effort to understand the role of the CFL in a context of Arctic warming.
Decreasing sea ice thickness in the Barents Sea
The thickness of landfast sea ice during winter around the island of Hopen in Svalbard has decreased by more than 40 cm over the last 40 years.