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Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway (NPI)

The Norwegian Polar Institute is a Norwegian governmental institute under the Norwegian Ministry of Environment. The Norwegian Polar Institute is Norway's central institution for research, environmental monitoring and mapping of the Polar Regions. The Institute is the Norwegian authorities' adviser and supplier of knowledge, and contributes to the best possible administration of Norwegian polar areas. The Norwegian Polar Institute has about 150 employees. The research department in the Norwegian Polar Institute consists of the sections Polar Climate, Ecotoxicology, Biodiversity and Geo-Mapping. In Polar Climate, fields as glaciology, sea ice oceanography and marine geology are included.


Tasks attributed: WP1. Sea ice surface energy balance, melt ponds, snow and ice properties, oceanography, freshwater balance


Principal Investigator:

Dr. Edmond Hansen, research scientist, oceanography. Freshwater fluxes through Fram Strait, sea ice thickness, sea ice – ocean interaction from shelf to deep sea.