Research in Ny-Ålesund
Ny-Ålesund is located at the northernmost point of the warm Atlantic Ocean inflow, the West Spitsbergen Current, and has a pivotal location enabling observations of relevant parameters in the ocean, on land, and in the atmosphere. Ny-Ålesund is ideal for research and monitoring of contemporary environmental changes related to climate change issues, long range transport of pollutants, UV-radiation and related biological effects, physiology, eco-toxicology, Arctic marine and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as research from other disciplines. With its multidisciplinary research environment, Ny-Ålesund provides unique opportunities for scientific synergies.
The research in Ny-Ålesund is divided and coordinated through four research flagship programmes, and the research community currently work towards establishing one coordinated monitoring programme for Ny-Ålesund. The monitoring programme will be a common effort from all institutions working in Ny-Ålesund, and it will build upon already existing monitoring.
The science contributes to climate research programmes and international networks:
- Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON)
- Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW)
- Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW)
- Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS)
- Climate-Ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra (COAT)
- Baseline Surface radiation Network (BSRN)
- Global Climate Observing System Reference Upper-Air Network (GRUAN)
- International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic (INTERACT)
- Integrated Carbon Observation System (ICOS)
Ny-Ålesund has a great potential for comparative bi-polar studies based on its broad measurement programs. An overview on individual research projects in Ny-Ålesund can be found in the RiS portal.
The Ny-Ålesund research community promotes a policy of open and free exchange of scientific data, based on mutual trust and respect for the intellectual property rights.
Ny-Ålesund Science Plan
The goal of the Ny-Ålesund Science Plan is to further develop the science conducted at Ny-Ålesund to be an excellent contribution to Arctic research and monitoring, where Ny-Ålesund shall cement its role as an outstanding observatory, laboratory, and field base for Arctic research.
Shared research infrastructure
Ny-Ålesund offers a wide range of shared scientific infrastructure. Scientists are welcome to rent workspace or space for instrumentation at one of these facilities.