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.


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.

FNI inviterer til miniseminar om Svalbard og internasjonal politikk (only in Norwegian)

Fridtjof Nansens Institutt (FNI) inviterer til et uformelt miniseminar om Svalbard og internasjonal politikk, 2. november kl 17:00, i Vinterhagen på Sentralen i Oslo (Øvre Slottsgate 3).

Svalbard er på den utenrikspolitiske agendaen. Den nye regjeringen trekker frem betydningen av øygruppen i Norges nordområdesatsing. Verden ser mot Svalbard som aldri før: Russland, Kina, EU og USA er i opptatte av hva som skjer på, og rundt, Svalbard. Samtidig ser vi økende grad av uenighet knyttet til Svalbard.

Vi ser på noen av disse problemstillingene i form av korte innlegg om Svalbard og internasjonal politikk:

  • «Svalbard i et stormaktsspill» ved Andreas Østhagen, seniorforsker ved Fridtjof Nansens Institutt
  • «Snøkrabben og Norges kjerneinteresser på Svalbard» ved Tiril Vold Hansen, ph.d.-stipendiat ved Nord Universitet
  • «Utfordrer Russland Norge i Fiskevernsonen?» ved Cecilie Stensrud, juniorforsker ved Fridtjof Nansens Institutt
  • «Fiskemottak og livet etter kull» ved Svein Vigeland Rottem, seniorforsker ved Fridtjof Nansens Institutt
  • «Svalbard i et europeisk perspektiv» ved Andreas Raspotnik, seniorforsker ved Fridtjof Nansens Institutt
  • Kommentarer og betraktninger fra Mr. Svalbard, ved Arne O. Holm, ansvarlig redaktør High North News

Mer informasjon og registrer deg for seminaret her.

For noen faglige innspill, se blant annet:

Arrangementet er en del av prosjektet «Svalbard Geopolitics and Social Science Network (GEO-SVALBARD)» finansiert av Norges Forskningsråd og arrangeres i sammenheng med Svalbard Science Conference i Oslo 2-3. november.


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.



Mohn Prize 2022 – Call for nominations

UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Academia Borealis – The Academy of Sciences and Letters of Northern Norway, and Tromsø Research Foundation welcome nominations for The International Mohn Prize for Outstanding Research Related to the Arctic (The Mohn Prize).

The Mohn Prize, which carries a cash award of 2 million NOK (approximately 195 000 €), is awarded biennially.

The prize is awarded to an individual or to a research group who has published excellent research related to the Arctic, who holds a leading position internationally in his/her/their field of research, and who has brought to light groundbreaking new knowledge related to nature and/or culture in the Arctic.

Nominees for the prize will be evaluated by an international scientific committee.

The recipient of the Mohn Prize will be announced in October 2021, and the award ceremony will take place in Tromsø in early 2022.

We hereby invite you to nominate candidates for the Mohn Prize 2022.

Nominations should be submitted using the nomination form available at

The deadline for nominations is the 31st of July 2021.

For further information, click on this link. 

A new book published by the BBVA Foundation presents the multidisciplinary vision of 30 leading experts on the Arctic meltdown and its global repercussions

Invitation to join on April 28, 2021 the B2BI North Atlantic—Arctic Science Initiative Seminar Series

About the seminar

Fisheries and other human activities – inclusive processes, expertise and evidence provided in the North East Atlantic, and adjacent seas

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) is an intergovernmental marine science organization, meeting societal needs for impartial evidence on the state and sustainable use of our seas and oceans.

​​​Our goal is to advance and share scientific understanding of marine ecosystems and the services they provide and to use this knowledge to generate stat

e-of-the-art advice for meeting conservation, management, and sustainability goals. We are a network of nearly 6000 scientists from over 700 marine institutes in our 20 member countries and beyond. Over 2500 scientists participate in our activities annually.

Through strategic partnerships our work in the Atlantic Ocean also extends into the Arctic, the Mediterranean Sea, the Black Sea, and the North Pacific Ocean.


The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research is associated with B2BI and wants to support it as and when possible.


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