Research in Ny-Ålesund

Ice floe in the ocean with mountains and a glacier in the back
Photo: Christina Pedersen / Norwegian Polar Institute

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.

Flagship programmes


The science contributes to climate research programmes and international networks:

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.

Strategy for research and higher education in Svalbard

The Norwegian Gouverment published the Strategy for research and higher education in Svalbard 9 May 2018.

In order to ensure sound frameworks for academic development and coordination of activities, the Government has asked the Research Council to develop a Ny-Ålesund research strategy. The research strategy is to be developed in close collaboration with all actors conducting research in Ny-Ålesund and NySMAC. The Research Council has overall responsibility for the strategy. The Norwegian Polar Institute performs Norway’s host role in Ny-Ålesund and is responsible for implementation and daily follow-up of the strategy locally.

The DRAFT Ny-Ålesund research strategy is out for hearing

The strategy will, when ready, replace NySMAC Ny-Ålesund science plan.

A Researchers Guide to Ny-Ålesund

Here you will find a guide that is intended to help the researchers that are planning to go to Ny-Ålesund - from the first development of a project, to booking of the stay and preparing for field work, to the actual work on site, and the follow-up after.

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.