We give you regularly updated news about polar research, management, expeditions, outreach, Arctic and Antarctic wildlife, and more.
Research vessel Kronprins Haakon taking shape
The construction of the new Norwegian research vessel Kronprins Haakon is taking shape in Italy. The main engines and the largest winch for the scientific work were recently placed on board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Newly published ICE-article in the Chinese magazine Nature & SciTech
An article on Effects of diminishing sea ice on the Arctic Ocean ecosystem, by Drs. Haakon Hop and Nalan Koc from the Norwegian Polar Institute, was recently published in Nature & SciTech.
Conclusions from the ICE-cruise with RV Lance
After 3 weeks of intensive work in icy waters off northern Svalbard, this year's ICE-cruise ended on May 16 in Longyearbyen. During this period, we documented the spring ocean and ice conditions as well as the timing and composition of the ice algal and phytoplankton bloom. We also studied spring snow–ice–ocean–atmosphere interactions, which are of great importance for improving the performance of climate models.
Blog from RV Lance: Old Clams Provide New Insight About Arctic Change
Most benthic organisms are relatively stationary as adults so they have no possibility to move if conditions change – they must adapt or die. Organisms employ different strategies to cope with the extreme environments of the Arctic.
Blog from the Zooplankton group
Strong winds from the north put the work on board on hold for a day.
Blog from RV Lance: Under-ice turbulence instruments recovered
Today we recovered our under-ice turbulence instruments after two days of operation. The system consists of eight different sensors fixed to an eight meter long aluminium pole.
Blog from RV Lance: Measuring, coring, drilling, dug snow pits and a whole lot of other things on the sea ice.
After a week at sea we have been already walking on water many times, at times with more than 2000 m of water below our feet, we have been measuring, coring, drilling, dug snow pits and a whole lot of other things on the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean north of Svalbard.
Blog from RV Lance: Plankton and sea ice ecology
Air temperature -8 °C, but feeling colder due to the wind chill; water temperature close to freezing, overcast skies, and three people (Harvey, Mirko and Philipp) in survival suits close to the edge of a large ice flow.
Diving in the Arctic: ICE-cruise 2011 blog
The ICE-dive team has been pretty active during the first part of the ICE-cruise 2011.