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.

Kings Bay Marine Laboratory

Kings Bay Marine Laboratory
Kings Bay Marine Laboratory. Photo: Norwegian Polar Institute

The Marine Laboratory is an experimental laboratory for research in marine ecology, physiology and biochemistry, as well as some physical sciences like oceanography, marine geology and ice physics. The laboratory is constructed with small rooms and laboratories equipped for different purposes, and it is suitable for a range of experimental research with system-control of experimental variables like room and water temperatures. It is also appropriate for experiments under ambient conditions such as seawater and light.

The Marine Lab is owned by Kings Bay AS, and booking is done through Research in Svalbard (RiS) dataportal. The deadline for booking space is 1 April every year.


Zeppelin Observatory

Zeppelin Observatory
Zeppelin Observatory. Photo: Finn Bjørklid [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Zeppelin Observatory at 475 masl. is an observatory for atmospheric research and monitoring. The Observatory is part of a network of very important global observatories for atmospheric measurements, and part of several regional and global monitoring networks.

The Observatory has several air inlets, and also meteorological instruments, radiation instruments and other samplers mounted on the roof. The building itself consists of several rooms, where the users keep their instruments. One room, the ”campaign-room”, is reserved for project-based measurement campaigns.

The Zeppelin Observatory is owned and managed by the Norwegian Polar Institute.

Questions regarding using the observatory for performing measurements can be directed to the .

Amundsen-Nobile Climate Change Tower (CCT)

Amundsen-Nobile Climate Change Tower
Amundsen-Nobile Climate Change Tower. Photo: Olaolaonline [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Climate Change Tower (CCT) with an height of 32 m host and operate many instruments, mainly to investigate energy budget in the surface layer, PBL dynamics and exchange fluxes (heat, momentum, chemicals) at the atmosphere–land interface.

The tower platform compiles of 17 modules and every third floor is connected to power and optical fiber. The fiber cable is connected to the CNR station to allow real time control and monitoring of measurements.

Questions regarding using the CCTower for performing measurements can be directed to the.

Gruvebadet Atmosphere Laboratory

Gruvebadet Atmosphere Laboratory
Gruvebadet Atmosphere Laboratory. Photo: Kings Bay

Gruvebadet is a common atmospheric laboratory located 1 km outside Ny-Ålesund. It was renovated in 2013. The building has several inlets on the roof, and host now atmospheric and aerosol instrumentations from CNR and NCAOR.

Inquiries about the laborotory can be directed to .

Light Sensitive Cabin

Light sensitive cabin
Light sensitive cabin. Photo: Kings Bay

The Light Sensitive Cabin is located 2.5 km away from the town, and can host instruments that require minimal light contamination. The cabin is connected to high-speed internet, and it is insulated to keep the temperature inside above freezing. The cabin has four domes on the roof. Two domes are already in use: one hosts the all-sky-camera (CNR) and the other hosts the Fabry-Perot Interferometer (KOPRI).

Inquiries about the cabin can be directed to .