We give you regularly updated news about polar research, management, expeditions, outreach, Arctic and Antarctic wildlife, and more.
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.
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.
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.
Polar bear attack in Svalbard
The Governor of Svalbard is investigating the incident where a 17-year-old British youth was killed and four others were injured when a polar bear attacked their camp near Von Postbreen on Spitsbergen on Friday morning.
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.
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.
Ringed seals in the Arctic Ocean
Nine ringed seals are now swimming around with brand new, advanced satellite transmitters. One is already at 84 degrees North, far into the ice of the Arctic Ocean.
Ringed seal equipped with advanced satellite tag
A ringed seal has for the first time been equipped with a new advanced satellite tag, in northern Svalbard.
Ringed seals and ICE
In the ICE Ecosystems’ ringed seal project we will take a closer look at the ringed seals in Svalbard.
Sir David Attenborough joins polar bear scientists in the field
Sir David Attenborough and his BBC film crew recently joined NPI scientists in the field, covering the polar bear research in Svalbard.
Polar bear cub hitches a ride
A British tourist visiting Svalbard made an uncommon observation and managed to take a picture of it; a polar bear cub riding on its mother's back.
New pollutants increasing in Svalbard
The levels of new persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are increasing in polar bears, glaucous gulls and other arctic species, while the level of “old” POPs like PCBs and DDT is decreasing in the Arctic, shows a new report by the Surveillance Group for the Barents Sea.
Exhibit of giant fossil
In summer 2007, scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute participated in the excavation of a 240 million years old fossil of an Ichthyosaur in Svalbard. The fossil is part of an exhibition at the Tromsø Museum, where the general public may have a closer look at the old giant.