Terrestrial Ecosystem

Aphids ( <em>Acyrthosiphon svalbardicum</em> ) feeding on <em>Dryas octopetala</em> , Blomstrandhalvøya.
Photo: Stephen Coulson / Norwegian Polar Institute

The combination of northern location, coastal setting, great heterogeneity of the area, and a long record of research makes Ny-Ålesund a key location for terrestrial research in the High Arctic. The Ny-Ålesund area provides unique opportunities for in-depth studies of life and ecosystem processes in Arctic environments. The Terrestrial Ecology Flagship seeks to increase coordination and collaboration between researchers within these fields.

Upcoming activities

  • 8-10 October 2019: 2end Terrestrial Flagship Workshop, Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Stay tuned for the First Circular!
  • 4 November 2019 in Oslo, Norway: Terrestrial Ecology Flagship add-on workshop to the Svalbard Science Conference.


  • Flagship common per-review publication on Rapid changes and complex interactions in a terrestrial high arctic ecosystem.
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  • Work on site registration for common GIS system, including video page with films of the sites
  • If you would like to receive information on upcoming activities in the Terrestrial Flagship, please sign up for the flagship email list. The current list is available here.