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.

Upcoming activities


  • 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 under Documents.
  • The flagship was sucsessful in receiving funding for two years from Svalbard Strategic Grant. Project description.
  • Four of the institute present in Ny-Ålesund are part of the EU-funded project INTERACT (NPI, CNR, NERC and UoG) and the first three is part of the transnational access programme. This progamme will bring more terrestrial researchers to Ny-Ålesund.
  • The Norwegian project COAT (Climate ecological observatory for Arctic tundra) is in the process of establishing a large monitoring site on Brøgerhalvøya. Contact person is Åshild Pedersen, NPI.