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The Arctic

The global and strategic importance of the Arctic has increased in later years. The framework conditions for development in the Arctic are under constant change. Dramatic climate changes manifest themselves in this vulnerable region and there is growing demand for important resources from this area, such as seafood, minerals, oil, gas and other energy resources.

Due to its location and a longstanding relationship to the Arctic, Norway has a particular responsibility for both contributing to increased knowledge about the Arctic, and knowledge based sustainable management of resources in the area. Norway has a long tradition of exploring the Arctic and has thus developed a special interest and responsibility for polar research within a wide range of areas. International cooperation within Arctic research is essential in order to ensure a global perspective and the best possible management of the Arctic environment and resources.

Research news

  • Kristian Birkeland (1867-1917): A truly creative mind June 13, 2017 11:35 PM

    In April this year we commemorated Kristian Birkeland in Tokyo. This week we will celebrate him and his achievements here in Oslo. His life and work continue to fascinate, 150 years after his birth and 100 years after his death.

  • nasa-earth Weakened uptake of carbon in the Arctic; Scientist warn Apr. 26, 2017 12:03 PM

    A warming Arctic will give an extended growing season particularly due to an earlier spring, and it has been believed that this will give a greater uptake of CO2 in plants and an increased carbon sink. An impact potentially offsetting some of the anthropogenic increases in greenhouse gases. A new study suggest that the “warmer spring, bigger sink” hypothesis may no longer hold.

Contact us

Professor Erik Røsæg, Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law,
Chair, UiO Arctic Committee

Senior Adviser Trine Merete Kvernmo, Office for International Relations and Research Support, Administrative Coordinator, UiO Arctic Committee

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