The Norwegian Polar Institute runs research in the Arctic and Antarctic. One of the Institute’s main tasks is to act as an advisory body for management where polar environmental issues are concerned. The oceans in the north and south, including the Barents Sea, are part of our geographical area.
Fieldwork and data collection have always been central to the Polar Institute: examples include studies of polar bears in Svalbard, drilling of ice cores in the Arctic and Antarctica, and measurement of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean.The Polar Institute's research activities have traditionally been concentrated on biology, geology, geophysics and polar history. Modern polar research, however, requires a high degree of co-operation across disciplines and the researchers now work in multidisciplinary research programs.
Centre for ice, climate and ecosystems – ICE
The Norwegian Polar Institute's Centre for ice, climate and ecosystems (ICE) is a national competence centre for ice and climate research and environmental monitoring of the polar regions.
Stations and vessels
The Norwegian Polar Institute collaborates with research institutions worldwide and contribute to national and regional research programs.
Latest articles on research
Research gives new knowledge about the Atlantic overturning circulation
Scientist Laura de Steur of the Norwegian Polar Institute and her colleague Femke de Jong have done research that contributes to understanding the process of the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC).
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.