Geological research and mapping
The Norwegian Polar Institute is the national mapping authority for polar regions. Our geologists are researching areas where we lack knowledge of the geological conditions, and the institute is responsible for geological mapping in the Arctic and and in Antarctica.
Marin geological research
The marine geological research at the Norwegian Polar Institute investigates polar and glacial marine deposits from areas with little knowledge of marine geological conditions, e.g. the Arctic Ocean.
Norwegian Polar Institute investigates polar and glacial marine deposits in order to elucidate the processes and forcing mechanisms that are at play in these particular environments. Marine deposits also contain fossils, which can give the age of the deposit (biostratigraphy) in addition to what kind of marine environments the fossils lived in. Marine geological knowledge helps us understand Earth's history and evolution including the climatic evolution both globally and for Norwegian polar areas.
Most of Antarctica is covered by ice, and where the mountains reach above the ice, the ground is almost totally free of vegetation. This gives geologists a unique opportunity to study the history of how the rocks formed and the various geological processes that have taken place deep in the Earth’s crust.
Latest articles on geology
Special offer: Geoscience Atlas of Svalbard
The Geoscience Atlas has approximately 170 maps, 400 photographs as well as concise explanatory texts. It collects data from a variety of geoscientific disciplines and topics in one book.
Workshop about taking the next step to the snow research
The main idea of this workshop was to bring mostly early career and young researchers focusing on different thematics related to snow: physic, chemistry, microbiology and glaciology.
New geological map database
The Norwegian polar Institute's thematic map portal Svalbardkartet has been complemented with a geological map database constructed for the scale of 1:250 000.
New publication: Geoscience Atlas of Svalbard
The Norwegian Polar Institute has published "Geoscience Atlas of Svalbard", a book that provides information about geosciences in Svalbard.