Research in Ny-Ålesund

Situated at 78° 55' N, 11° 56' E in the core of a vast Arctic wilderness with exquisite surroundings, Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, has since the mid-sixties formed a sprawling research community. The site comprises institutions from ten nations from around the world, and activities have been increasing rapidly the last few years.

Research on environmental and earth sciences form the core of the activities taking place here, even if such research at these latitudes is challenging. Since access is made easy, the climate is relatively mild, and the infrastructure is well developed, the village makes an attractive land-based entrance for many fields of science in the High North.

Kings Bay AS is the owner of Ny-Ålesund and the surrounding areas, and provides infrastructure and general services for both visiting scientists and permanent residents of the research institutions.

The Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC) is a forum for exchange of information about current and future activities of all research institutions here and, together with Kings Bay AS it coordinates scientific activities on site.

The Svalbard Science Forum (SSF) is an information forum delivering advice and tools helping to plan and prepare for fieldwork in Svalbard. It manages the Research in Svalbard project database (RIS). Kings Bay As is one of the owners of RIS (together with the Research Council of Norway and the Governor of Svalbard). All research-related visits to Ny-Ålesund are requested to be booked through RIS.

Kings Bay AS aims at keeping local human impact on the environment as low as possible. By doing this we focus on operating Ny-Ålesund in a sustainable manner - to the best of Arctic research and monitoring.

Via our research menu we will provide updated information about research related topics for scientists and others interested in research in the High Arctic.