Other research stations in Ny-Ålesund

The research institutions mentioned below do not have permanent stations in Ny-Ålesund, but visit the village regularly. Some institutions have permanent installations and equipment in Ny-Ålesund.

The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) are responsible for the scientific activities at the Zeppelin mountain station, whereas the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) owns the station. The Zeppelin station was first established in 1988-1989, but the present building was inaugurated in 2000. The research is concentrated around characterization of the arctic atmosphere and studies of atmospheric processes and changes, investigation of long transportation of atmospheric contaminants, and studies of stratospheric ozone and climate related questions. The NILU cooperate closely with Stockholm University (SU).

Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry at Stockholm University (SU) has been participating in research activities at the Zeppelin station since the late eighties. SU collaborates closely with NILU and NPI. Measurements focus on carbon dioxide, particle concentration and size distribution, light absorption and scattering.

The Department of Chemistry at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has been performing long-term measurements of atmospheric mercury in Ny-Ålesund and at the Zeppelin station since 2000. The research group pays regular visits to Ny-Ålesund through the year.

The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) was established in Longyearbyen in 1993, to provide research and education facilities in the High Arctic, and to develop Svalbard as an international research platform. Part of UNIS coursework: field-based education and education through research is implemented in Ny-Ålesund with use of common research infrastructure (e.g. Kings Bay Marine Laboratory).

The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) has been operating two satellite receiving stations in Ny-Ålesund since 2001, to collect signals from the TanDEM-X, SAC-C, TERRASAR-X, GRACE 1 & 2 AND 3CAT-2 satellites (expecting permit to download data from "the Flying Laptop" in december 2016). The GFZ pays regular visits to Ny-Ålesund, but also cooperates closely with the AWIPEV base and Kings Bay AS for maintenance of the systems.

Andøya Space Center (ASC) established their launch pad for sounding rockets in Ny-Ålesund in 1997. ASC is a limited company owned 90% by the Department of Trade and Industry, and 10% by Kongsberg Defence Systems. ASC facilitates and provides access to space for scientists by offering two launch sites, with Ny-Ålesund as one of them. For studies of the polar cusp it is considered favourable to launch sounding rockets from Ny-Ålesund, and in addition the properties of the Earth's magnetic field can be exploited more easily from Svalbard. An expansion of the launch pad was completed during the fall of 2008. The second launch ramp is planned to be constructed in 2017-18.

The University of Tromsø (UiT) supports a wide range of studies and programs located in Ny-Ålesund. Space physics, geophysics, marine and terrestrial biology represent some fields of particular interest and focus. A small geophysical observatory operated by UiT is located in Ny-Ålesund. UiT is also a NySMAC member.

The National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Polar Programs (OPP), from USA and The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), at Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Scotland, UK had been part of the Kings Bay Marine Lab consortium in 2005-15.
The Zeppelin station
The German Research centre for Geosciences

Photos: Kings Bay AS