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  • 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.

  • 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".

  • 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.

  • Pesticides in Svalbard snow

    Scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) have investigated the amount of pesticides in the snow in Svalbard. Read about their findings here.

  • Workshop on Arctic surface-based sea ice observations

    This week held The Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) workshop on Arctic surface-based sea ice observations:Integrated protocols and coordinated data acquisition.

  • Collection of 2000 marine samples

    During this summer's COPOL-cruise with the research vessel " Lance", more than 2000 marine samples were collected for analyses of new and old POPs (Persistent Organic Pollutants).