The Arctic

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. 

Laws and regulations in Svalbard

The expressed goal of the Norwegian authorities is to manage the Norwegian Arctic in a manner such that it remains one of the best-preserved wilderness areas in the world.

More on regulations in Svalbard

Environment and climate

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.

Key species in the Arctic

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Latest articles on the Arctic

  • Surge of the century

    Radar satellite images have been collected nearly daily since 2010 over Austfonna, the largest glacier in Svalbard, and in Europe. This imagery has been put together in a film to show a glacier "surge".

  • Polar cooperation between South Korea and Norway

    Today leaders of the Korea Polar Research Institute and the Norwegian Polar Institute signed an agreement regarding a joint research centre at the premises of the Norwegian Polar Institute at the Fram Centre in Tromsø, Norway.

  • Satellite imagery in TopoSvalbard

    TopoSvalbard is now extended with a new map layer: satellite imagery.

  • Joint Norwegian and Japanese Commitment to Polar Research

    The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) and the Japanese National Institute for Polar Research (NIPR) chose today to strengthen their cooperation on polar research in the Arctic and Antarctic.

More articles on the Arctic