Our tasks: to manage and to advise

One of the Institute’s main tasks is to act as an advisory body for management where polar environmental issues are concerned.

In the Norwegian sector of Antarctica, the Institute is in charge of management, and administrates the environmental regulations for the Norwegian territories and claims in Antarctica.

Research and monitoring

Research and monitoring in the polar regions yield information that is crucial for understanding global environmental changes and their consequences. Better data coverage and insight into climate and the environment will also improve Norway’s ability to manage its national territories and resources.

The Norwegian Polar Institute does research on biodiversity, geological mapping, climate and pollutants in the High North and the polar regions, and contributes to national and regional research programmes that involve these topics.

The Polar Institute provides important contributions to international climate research and the Institute is an active point of contact within the international scientific community.

Operations and logistics

Research in polar regions is challenging, not least in terms of logistics. Great distances, cold climate and the general lack of infrastructure place stringent demands on transport systems, equipment and safety. The Norwegian Polar Institute outfits and organises major expeditions to both Poles, owns the research vessel Kronprins Haakon and runs several research stations, two in Ny-Ålesund in Svalbard (the Sverdrup station and the Zeppelin atmospheric research and monitoring station) and two in Antarctica (Troll and the field station Tor).

Mapping and place names

The Norwegian Polar Institute is the national mapping authority for polar regions, including geological surveys for non-commercial purposes. The Institute publishes maps in both digital and printed form.
The Polar Institute is also the official agency responsible for place names in the Norwegian polar regions


The Institute’s goal is to ensure that information about our research results and management tasks is presented well, both through our own website, publications, library and exhibitions, and in the media.