The Zeppelin Observatory belongs to a group of very important global observatories for atmospheric measurements, and is part of several regional and global monitoring networks.
Owned by the Norwegian Polar Institute, which is responsible for development, maintenance, daily management and safety. The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) is responsible for scientific coordination.
The primary users of the Zeppelin Observatory are NILU, Stockholm University (SU) and the Norwegian Polar Institute. Other institutions also have instruments and measurement programmes here, run permanently or on a campaign basis.
Main focus areas
- Research on long-transported atmospheric contaminants.
(greenhouse gases, ozone, persistent organic pollutants (POPs), aerosols, environmental toxins)
- Characteristics of the Arctic atmosphere and studies of atmospheric processes and changes.
- Measurements aimed at increasing the understanding of feedbacks between aerosols, clouds and radiation, and how these affect the Arctic climate.