Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard

Location: 78.923 N 11.53 E Elevation: 24 masl - 396 masl

Observatory Web Site: http://nysmac.npolar.no/

Observatory Operations Contact:
| director@kingsbay.no | 47 79 02 72 80

Observatory Research Contact:
| 47 79 02 26 00

Abstract: On the west coast of the island of Spitsbergen, Ny-Ålesund is a base for International Arctic research. The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) and the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) support two research bases, Sverdrup Research Station at the coast and Zeppelin Mountain Research Station. Over the years, Norway has been joined by at least eight other countries who have established Arctic research stations in Ny-Ålesund. The variety of accessible environmental types (marine, sea ice, glacier, coastal, interior, riparian, wetland, lake, tundra, taiga, forest, and desert) provide opportunities for environmental researchers of many types. The Kings Bay AS is the primary logistics provider for the researchers at Ny-Ålesund. Science coordination falls under the Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC), which was established in 1994 to enhance cooperation and coordination among research activities at Ny-Ålesund. The research base is inhabited year-round with as many as 35 people staying through winter and 180+ during the summer. It is located approximately 100km from Longyearbyen and is relatively easy to reach throughout the year. Norway, Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, China, England, The Netherlands, South Korea, and India are the 11 countries to have established permanent research bases on Spitsbergen. Preserving the near-pristine environment of Ny-Ålesund is a top priority of the NySMAC.

Governing Institute
Svalbard Integrated Artic Earth Observing System
Ny-Aalesund Science Managers Committee

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