Research on sea ice
Under the auspices of the Centre for ice, climate & ecosystems (ICE) the Polar Institute studies the physical processes that determine how sea ice evolves in the Arctic.
Arctic sea ice
In ICE Fluxes, we focus on understanding processes from small to larger scales that govern energy and mass fluxes between the atmosphere, snow, sea ice, and ocean.
We aim to improve the understanding of how the components interact and which processes control the development of the sea ice cover. This will be done through extensive field work around Svalbard, in the Barents Sea, and in Fram Strait, through modelling using simple to highly sophisticated models, and through laboratory experiments with a rotating tank.
Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, technology and systems of agreements
The decline in extent, thickness and age of ice in the Arctic Ocean is a visible result of climate change.
A main effect of the retreat of the sea ice is that areas that until now have been almost inaccessible will become more open for commercial exploitation.
This is one of the research flagships of the Fram Centre in Tromsø. The flagship is chaired by the Norwegian Polar Institute in collaboration with SINTEF (technology) and the University of Tromsø (systems of agreements).
The Arctic sea ice is melting, and is getting both thinner and covering a smaller area. It is part of a complex, dynamic physical system which includes the atmosphere (wind, sunlight, snow and rain, aerosols), the snow on the ice, the actual sea ice, the sea beneath the ice, and the biological organisms and by-products in the ice and the sea.
Latest articles on sea ice
Stark warning from scientists that climate change already has severe impacts on marine mammals at Svalbard
New executive director of Climate and Cryosphere Project (CliC)
Lawrence Hislop has been appointed as the new Executive Director of CliC.
New film from the thin ice studies in the Arctic: N-ICE2015
Now you can watch a film from the project.
Studying the sea ice from the northern tip of Alaska
Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) researchers are working in collaboration with their American colleagues to study the processes important to the melt of sea ice in the Arctic.