The Norwegian Arctic includes the archipelago of Svalbard and the Jan Mayen island, and is one of the world´s last wilderness areas and is still relatively untouched. Maintaining it as such is a challenge in an extreme climate, where nature needs a long time to repair damages caused by human intervention, wear and tear and other causes.
The Norwegian Polar Institute acts as scientific and strategic adviser to the Norwegian Government in polar issues and runs the enviromental monitoring programme MOSJ. Without the knowledge that this monitoring and research provides, the authorities will not be able to make the right decisions to ensure sustainable development in the Arctic.
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Global warming is one of the biggest challenges the world's population is facing. The Arctic climate is important for the global climate, and in recent years major changes have been observed, including decreased ice cover. Climate change will affect both ecosystems and communities in the north.
Through our scientific research, monitoring and counselling, we provide knowledge to the Norwegian Government that helps decision-makers ensure that the Arctic is developed sustainably.
Latest articles on the Arctic
Geological map of Svalbard for smartphones
If you're looking for a geological map of Svalbard, you'll no longer need to purchase printed maps, nor rely on mobile service. A GPS-enabled smartphone will suffice.
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.
Polar bears in Svalbard in good condition – so far
The Norwegian Polar Institute has carried out a counting of polar bears in Svalbard. The results show that there are probably more polar bears than the last time the bears were counted.