Monitoring in Ny-Ålesund

Ny-Ålesund with mountains in the background
Photo: Max König / Norwegian Polar Institute

With its long-term data series, starting a century ago, Ny-Ålesund represents one of the most important environmental monitoring sites in the Arctic. NySMAC's vision is to design and further develop Ny-Ålesund's monitoring programme using an Earth System Science approach to enable the scientific community to address important questions related to a rapidly changing Arctic.

The Ny-Ålesund Science Plan states that Ny-Ålesund shall be a primary observational base in the Arctic for environmental research and monitoring Ny-Ålesund is already an established reference site for atmospheric, glacial, marine and terrestrial studies and hosts numerous international multidisciplinary collaborative science projects as it represents an ideal natural laboratory in the Arctic.

A workshop arranged in January 2015 brought together scientists from the four flagship programmes of Ny-Ålesund (marine biology, terrestrial ecology, glaciology and atmospheric science) to discuss and take the first steps towards implementing one common monitoring programme. The individual flagship programmes have previously identified important knowledge gaps, key areas for cross-disciplinary research activity and needs for new research infrastructure. The next step is to make already existing monitoring measurements known and available in the Ny-Ålesund meta-database.

Coming here at a later time: Metadata for ongoing monitoring with links to the actual measurements