NVP’s comments on the proposed amendments to the environmental regulations in Svalbard

The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP) has given a written consultation statement to the proposed amendments to the environmental regulations in Svalbard.

Click here to read our statement.

Perspective Article: Population increase impacts the climate, using the sensitive Arctic as an example

The Perspective Article «Population increace impacts the climate,using the sensetive Arctic as an exampel» by Ola M. Johannessen and Elena V. Shalina was recently publiched in the journal Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Letters.

It is well establiched that it is the population which causes the increace of CO2 in the atmospher and the study show that it is a perfect correlation between the population and the the CO2 in the atmosphere at least during the period 1963-2019.This study has for the first time correlated the population with the sea ice extent (SIE) and the surface air temperature (SAT) in order to understand more clearly that it is the population increace which is the problem.It is shown that 96 % of the decline of SIE and 80 % of the increace of SAT in the period 1963-2019 can be explained by the increace of population.The population is projected to be about 10 billion in 2100 and when this is used as an input to the regression equations between the SIE and the population more that 8 million squared kilometer still remains on and annual base in the Arctic, no «tipping point» will occur. Furthermore it is also put forward a new hypothesis that the
summer Ice also will remain if the Paris  Agreement can be reached. This article really show that it also very important to attemt to limit the population increace in addition to the CO2 emmision and implementing at an  exponential rate the renewable energy,a formidable challenge in this centry.

  • By Ola M. Johannessen, Nansen Scientific Society, Bergen, and Elena V. Shalina, Nansen International Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia / Institute of Earth Sciences, St. Petersburg State University, Russia.
  • Click here to read the article.


Call for NVP members’ input on the proposed amendments to the environmental regulations in Svalbard

On behalf of the Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Norwegian Environment Agency is distributing for comment the proposed amendments to the environmental regulations in Svalbard. The proposals entail new rules on access and passage in the natural environment and sea-based tourism. Read more here.

The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP) has been invited to give a consultation statement.

Input from our members should be sent to no later than Tuesday 1 March 2022. 

The deadline for sending our consultation statement is 1 May 2022.

Hva skal til for å redde sommerisen i Arktis? (only in Norwegian)

POPULÆRVITENSKAP: Akkurat nå øker isen, tross økende CO2-nivåer i atmosfæren. Ola M. Johannessen forklarer


Nansen Scientific Society 15 years

The Nansen Scientific Society (NANSI) was founded as an ideal independent foundation under the slogan “Knowledge without borders”. During these 15 years 52 students have been supported with educational or mobility grants, 11 research schools have been co-funded and the overall activities have resulted in 60 scientific publications. The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research congratulates NANSI with its great achievements for the first 15 years.

Click here to read the report on activities during their period 2006 – 2021.

More information about The Nansen Scientific Society (NANSI)

Announcement of Mohn Prize winner 2022

Friday November 12, rector of UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Dag Rune Olsen, will announce who is the winner of The Mohn Prize 2022. The announcement finds place at the Fram Center in Tromsø.

Please read more about the ceremony, and register here!

The award ceremony will take place during the conference Arctic Frontiers in Tromsø, 31st of January–3rd of February 2022.

The purpose of The Mohn Prize is to recognize outstanding research related to the Arctic. At the same time, the award will help to put issues that are central to the further development of the Arctic on the national and international agenda. The Mohn Prize is named after Henrik Mohn (1835–1916), who is considered the founder of Norwegian research in meteorology and physical oceanography.

Debatt: Verden står foran en formidabel oppgave (only in Norwegian)

Debattinnlegg av Ola M. Johannessen, Nansen Scientific Society, Bergen.

  • Dato:  17. oktober 2021
  • Publisert i: Bergensavisen

Les debattinnlegget her. 



New portal for research-based information about the Arctic and Antarctic

After two years of project work, the University Library at UiT Norway’s Arctic University is proud to launch a search portal where you can find all available research-based information about the polar areas in one place, both scientific articles, reports, and datasets. The search portal is developed in collaboration with researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute and UiT Norway’s Arctic University.

The Open Polar, The Global Open Access Portal for Research Data and Publications on the Arctic and Antarctic was launched in Tromsø on 1 September, 2021.

Link to news article about OPEN POLAR .

Visit the portal

The portal is found here.




POSTPONED TO 2023: Symposium in Oslo: Security and preparedness in the changing north – research perspectives

Organised by the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Photo: Martin Jakobsson. Petermann Glacier.

Photo: Martin Jakobsson. Petermann Glacier.


The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research arrange a two-day symposium on climate change in the Arctic. The symposium addresses issues raised in IPCC report ”The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate” published in September 2019, in particular environmental changes and effects relevant to Scandinavia. The symposium has a research perspective and focuses on five different themes:

  • Conditions for livelihoods, health, and ecosystems
  • Impacts of climate change – effects and actions
  • Forecasting the changing ice, ocean and weather conditions
  • Access to infrastructure and data for Arctic research
  • Geopolitics (Governance), security and defense

It is becoming increasingly clear that the Arctic is undergoing a major climate change which is also affecting our immediate surroundings here in Scandinavia. The ongoing warming of the climate and the consequences it has for the environment also gives rise to an increased need for research in a number of areas. At the same time, the geopolitical situation has intensified which leads to great concern for the possibility of free research. With this symposium we aim to cover a wide range of research questions, highlighted in our five different themes.

More information and a detailed programme will be forthcoming.