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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

  • Melting glaciers are causing sea levels to rise at ever greater rates Apr. 30, 2019 2:11 PM

    Melting ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic as well as ice melt from glaciers all over the world are causing sea levels to rise. New data and analysis show that land-based glaciers outside of the main ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland have lost more than 9,000 billion tons of ice since 1961, raising sea levels by 27 millimeters.

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  • Agreement with Equinor Jan. 10, 2019 11:11 AM

    The University of Oslo and the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law has concluded an agreement with Equinor in the field of climate and energy law.

Contact us

Brit Lisa Skjelkvåle, Head of Department, Department of Geosciences
Chair, UiO Arctic Committee

Trine Merete Kvernmo, Senior Adviser, Research Support Office,

Administrative Coordinator, UiO Arctic Committee

Kristine Aa. S. Knudsen, Head of Office,

Administrative Coordinator, UiO Arctic Committee


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