Here we will highlight relevant articles in English covering research relevant to the Arctic/High North. For more articles (in Norwegian), please refer to the Norwegian pages.

Published Aug. 14, 2017 10:00 AM

Call for session proposals for the UArctic Congress 2018 in Helsinki is now open. The deadline for session proposals is 30 September 2017.

Published Aug. 14, 2017 9:41 AM

Submissions are now open for SIOS pilot project funding. The 2017 call will be the basis of an annual call wheel. The total funds available in 2017 are 2 million NOK.

Published Aug. 11, 2017 1:09 PM

According to a recent NGO report, Norway’s plans to ramp up Arctic oil and gas production undermines the Paris Agreement.

Published Aug. 7, 2017 1:16 PM

Average sea ice extent for the month of July ended up the fifth lowest since satellite records began in 1979, according to the latest report released by the Colorado-based National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

Read the article on The Independent Barents Observer.

Published Aug. 7, 2017 1:13 PM

17 passenger vessels are Monday sailing in the waters around Svalbard. Next year will be even more crowded.

Read the article on The Independent Barents Observer.


Published Aug. 2, 2017 1:09 PM

The Finnish Chairmanship of the Arctic Council is underway, with a clear commitment by Finland to advance sustainable development and climate change goals. However, "sustainable development" can be a tough term to implement.

According to a new study is the global sea level rising faster than previously thought. The accelerating sea level will have impact on coastlines around the world.  Several of the World’s largest cities are near a coastline, here New York. For others see U.N. Atlas of the Oceans.  Illustration photo:
Published June 22, 2017 9:05 PM

Across the globe, sea level has been rising for decades, but we don’t know how fast. Researchers have now analyzed tide gauge data and reconstructed global mean sea level since 1902. Their record yields a slower average rise before 1990 than previously thought, but similar high rates of about 3.1 mm/yr as observed from independent satellite observations from 1993-2012. This suggests that global mean sea level has been accelerating much faster than previously assumed in the past two decades.

Published 13. juni 2017 23:35

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.

The Earth: 'Blue Marble' NASA. See animation. Image (and animation): John Nelson (IDV Solutions).
Published 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.

Kristian Birkeland (Photo: Ole Petter Ottersen, UiO)
Published 7. apr. 2017 08:59

This is a year for commemoration of Kristian Birkeland - one of our greatest researchers and innovators. His life and work continue to fascinate 150 years after his birth and 100 years after his death.

Published 13. mars 2017 16:16

This book reflects the maritime law as found in the Nordic countries, and gives a broad introduction to a modern and updated maritime law system.This book is based on the Norwegian book "Sjørett" (8th ed., Oslo 2016), which is the standard Scandinavian textbook on maritime law.

Kronebreen, Svalbard: Field Camp is settled in preparation for the 2 week campaign in August 2016. The main goal of the campaign and project was to calibrate passive seismic and acoustic instruments to quantify dynamic glacier ice loss. Photo: Christopher Nuth
Published Jan. 19, 2017 4:48 PM

Cross disciplinary approaches using both seismic recordings and satellite observations of glaciers provide data to estimate glacier frontal ablation rates. This provides new insight into the processes that control dynamic mass loss of glaciers into the sea. Such cross disciplinary approaches can be valuable in climate research.

Published Nov. 2, 2016 12:17 PM

Anthrax broke out in Russia this summer, but why? Because the permafrost in Siberia is melting. At the same time, people in Nord-Troms fear a tsunami and enormous devastation when the permafrost on Nordnesfjellet mountain melts and the mountain cracks. Read more on

Ice-cores and data about sulfate flux over Greenland and Artica tell us more about the climate in the past. Photo: Michael Sigl
Published Apr. 19, 2016 11:30 AM

International team of climate researchers reconstructs global cooling in the reign of the Roman emperor Justinian. Ice-cores and data about sulfate flux at Greenland and Artica reveils the pasts climate disasters. Their research presented at EGU 2016; Vienna recently.

50 METRES HIGH: Most glaciers in the world are classic calving glaciers, like the Lilliehöök glacier in Northern Svalbard. Its front is to kilometers wide and almost 50 metres high. Every time it calves, huge roars can be heard across the fjord. The researchers have now examined another type of glaciers that behave very differently. Photo: Yngve Vogt
Published Feb. 2, 2016 9:32 AM

Many glaciers on Svalbard behave very differently from other glaciers worldwide. They advance massively for some years and then quickly retreat – and then remain quiescent for fifty to a hundred years – before they once again start to advance.