New Funding for PEARL

Eureka's Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory in Nunavut has been awarded a grant through CANDAC to sustain core operations.  Click here to learn about sustained operations moving forward.

Summit Station News

Researchers from Summit Station's ICECAPS project were in the news at NSF this week for their recent Nature publication explaining the role of thin, low-lying clouds in Greenland's widespread surface melt last summer.  Click here for the NSF news summary.


The first Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) is to be held in Vancouver, Canada 30-Apr to 02-May.  We welcome your comments on our community white paper.  Click here for a copy. 


IASOA will also host an IASC-sponsored half day workshop on 03-May to craft its contributions to the 2013 Arctic Report Card.  Please contact Sandy Starkweather for more details on participating in the workshop. 

News from Ny-Aalesund

The 31st edition of the Ny-Ålesund Newsletter is now available.  Click here to learn about plans for new radiation instruments at Zeppelin and new greenhouse gas flux measurements on the Amundsen Nobile Climate Change Tower (CCT). 

Expansions at St.Nord

Aarhus University has begun the construction of a modern research station in northern Greenland that will monitor how climate change is affecting the region.

here for the full story.

DOE ARM Facility RFP

Request for Preproposals
Scientific Research at the ARM Climate Research Facility
U.S. Department of Energy

Preproposal deadline: Friday, 1 February 2013

To submit a proposal, please go click

Polar Met Call

The 12th Conference on Polar Meteorology and Oceanography is being held 29Apr - 02May, 2013 in Seattle, Washington.  Abstracts are due January 14, 2013.  Click here for more information. 

2012 Arctic Report Card

The latest Arctic Report Card was released at AGU on December 5.  Atmospheric results from the annual roll-up include updates on 2012 temperature anomalies as well as greenhouse gas and UV baseline measurements from Arctic observatories.  Observations show that increases from human sources in greenhouse gases continue, while warm air temperature anomaolies were relatively small compared to the last decade.  Click here for more information. 


Represenatives from the IASOA consoritum will travel to Vienna, Austra Nov 20-22, 2012 for the First WMO-GCW-CryoNet Implementation meeting to share IASOA experiences with network coordination in a pan-Arctic context and contribute to areas of common value for the co-development of IASOA and CryoNet.  Click here for more information and look for updates after the meeting. 

First Tiksi Science Mtg

The first Tiksi Science Meeting was held in at the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute in St. Petersburg, 18-20 Sept 2012.  A summary of the presentations and work plan can be found here

Input Requested

On The observational needs for climate modelers in the polar regions.   Click here to access the document and provide your feedback.  Author contact information is provided in the document. 


Arctic News in SOTC 2011

Read about changes to the Arctic atmosphere in this briefing on highlights from the 2011 BAMS State of the Climate Report.  For access to the full report, click here

IASOA's New Newsletter

IASOA distributed its first quarterly newsletter to 200 contacts last week.  Click here to see the newsletter and subscribe today!

Ozone News, BROMEX Blog

Click here to read about Paul Shepson's work in the news.  And click here for a link to the Barrow-based March BROMEX campaign blog.  

Update - CREATE 2012

NSERC's CREATE Training Program in Arctic Atmospheric Science has announced new opportunities for 2012 graduate and undergraduate programs.  Click HERE for more information.

PEARL in the News

Researchers Jim Drummond and Kim Strong discuss the role of Canada's Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL) near Eureka, Canada in the detection and understanding of 2011's record-sized Arctic ozone hole.  Click here for the full article in the Montreal Gazette.  

Cherski in the News

To learn about the role that Cherski plays in permafrost studies, click here to see NBC's Jim Maceda report on a trip to visit Sergei and Nikita Zimov at the station. 

2011 Arctic Report Card

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


The 2011 update of the web-based Arctic Report Card is now available:

Responding to Change

International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC), in partnership with the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, announces:


Responding to Arctic Environmental Change Workshop: Translating Our Growing Understanding into a Research Agenda for Action

Jan 30, 2012 - Feb 1, 2012

Click here for more info.

Workshop Announcement

Workshop on Polar Simulations with the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model.

November 2 and 3, 2011

Byrd Polar Research Center, The Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio USA


There is no registration fee.  You are invited to attend!  For more details or to register online:

New UNIS Course

The Arctic Atmospheric Boundary Layer and Local Climate Processes


Objective: After the course, the student will have an understanding of physical processes typical for the Arctic atmospheric boundary layer, how the Arctic boundary layer differs from that at lower latitudes; the challenges of taking meteorological measurements and a basic understanding of how numerical models in the Arctic work.


Registration Deadline: 15.Oct.2011


For more information about the course and how to apply, see

Black Carbon

Is black carbon contributing to the warming of the Arctic?  Click here to read about an international study currently taking place in the Arctic to investigate the role of black carbon in Arctic warming.

CREATE Summer School

CREATE Summer School addressing the broad theme of Arctic Atmospheric Science, will be offered from July 11 to 15, 2011 in Alliston, Ontario. Details are HERE.

CANDAC Outreach Update

In March/April 2011, CANDAC launched a new outreach project called Student-Researchers Atmospheric Collaboration at Qarmartalik School in Resolute Bay, Nunavut and Pickering College in Newmarket, Ontario. HERE

Tiksi Update 2011

Successful site visit by FMI HERE

SOA Conf Resolution

The March 16-19, 2010 State of the Arctic Conference has published a final resolution and access to presentations HERE

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Arctic map showing location of Ny-Aalesund
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Location:  Most stations are near 78.91 N, 11.88 E, 0 m asl (0 ft asl) 




Multiple stations, managed by agencies in several countries,  

comprise the observations at Ny-Ålesund, in Svalbard, Norway. 

Names, governing institutions and station contacts, if available,

follow for each station.


Governing Institutions: Kings Bay AS - primary logistics provider

                                   Ny-Alesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC) - science coordinator 


Facilities:  Ny-Alesund contains 60 buildings and 9.8km of roads.    


Ny-Alesund's Mission: "1. serve as an international station for scientific research and monitoring;

                                  2. encourage international scientific cooperation;

                                  3. give priority to scientific research and monitoring that is dependent on the near pristine environment or unique qualities of the Ny-Ålesund area, in particular research related to long range pollution, climate change and polar ecology;

                                  4. preserve the near pristine environment of the Brøgger Peninsula and the Kongsfjorden area, as well as the cultural heritage of Ny-Ålesund;

                                  5. keep local human environmental impacts at the lowest possible level so as not to jeopardize scientific research and monitoring;

                                  6. give scientific research and monitoring priority over other local human activities, such as tourism and commercial fishing;

                                  7. be a prime example of the sustainable operation and development of a research station in the polar regions.


The success of the station will be judged on its scientific merits and achievements." - from the NySMAC website (under Mission Statement)


Site News:  Click here to download the latest NYSMAC Ny-Ålesund Newsletter (June 2010)


Topography and History: On the west coast of the island of Spitsbergen (map), Ny-Ålesund is the base for Norwegian 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 (chart) 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.



Click for Ny Alesund, Norway Forecast



Sverdrup Research Station Norway 


Governing Institution:  Norwegian Polar Institute (NP)


Station Contact:


Main Web Site:


Facilities: Sverdrup has marine and terrestrial biology laboratories, 10 offices, library, a computer room, a lounge, and small workshops for electronics and instruments.


Purpose and History: NP established a research station in Ny-Ålesund in 1968.  There are four permanent residents at Sverdrup, a Station Manager, Optical Engineer, Operative Engineer, and Logistics Engineer.  Both long and short term monitoring projects are carried out at this station with the longest term measurements of glacier mass balance from 1967.  Basic meteorological datasets date back to 1969 and solar short-wave and long-wave measurements began in 1974.  Monitoring of marine mammals is also an on-going initiative at the station.



Zeppelin Mountain Research Station - Norway 


Location: 78.908 N, 11.881 E, 474 m asl (1555 ft asl)


Governing Institution:  Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)


Station Contact:


Main Web Site:


Purpose and History: Zeppelin station first opened in 1990, after 10 years was closed for upgrades, and in 2000 was reopened.  This mountain station is located at 474m meaning it's above the inversion layer and thus removed from contamination from the facilities below.  Zeppelin station participates in similar monitoring projects as the other research institutions (atmospheric, marine, and terrestrial).   



Koldewey Station - Germany and France 


Governing Institutions:  Alfred-Wegener-Institute (AWI) & French Polar Institute Paul Emil Victor (IPEV)


Station Contacts and Web Sites:  AWIPEV Arctic Research Base -,

                                                         AWI -,

                                                  IPEV -,


Facilities:  The AWIPEV facilities are able to house up to 24 people at one time.  There are multiple wet and dry labs, 20 freezers, computers, electrical/mechanical workshops, and scientific and logistics equipment available for visiting researchers.  Locations for storage and recreation are also located at the station.


Purpose and History:  Koldeway Station is a Joint French - German Polar Research base.  The announcement of the Institutions' agreement was made on May 26, 2003, which corresponds with 40th anniversary of the Elysee-contract.  The agreement combined the Charles Rabot, Jean Corbel, Blue House, and the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) - Observatory into one base.


                  Charles Rabot - This 250m^2 base is rented year round by IPEV.  It has accommodations for 8-9 people, wet and dry labs, workshops, and storage units.  

                  Jean Corbel - The Corbel Station is located 6km east of Ny-Ålesund.  It can house up to 10 people and runs mostly on clean energy.  Solar cells and a wind mill are installed in an effort to produce enough power to run the entire station.  Research at this post focuses on glaciers, which are located less then 1000m away.

                  Blue House - The Blue House is the center of communications for Koldewey and contains the office of the base leader.  It also has offices for visiting scientists and accommodations.  

                  NDACC - Observatory - This Observatory is managed by the AWI and was implemented to run experiments belonging to the NDACC initiative.  It contains a lidar, FTIR, microwave radiometer, starphotometer, and DOAS.  There are 7 lab rooms, a telescope hall, two workshops, and office space for researchers.         




Dirigibile Italia (CNR Arctic Station) - Italy 


Governing Institution:  National Research Council of Italy (CNR)


Station Contact:


Main Web Site:


Facilities:  CNR has a 330m^2 building that contains 170m^2 of offices and labs.  The rest of the building is used as living quarters.


Purpose and History:  The Dirgibile Italia was opened in 1997.  The station can contain 7 people and is not necessarily inhabited year round.  Research taking place at the station includes atmospheric chemistry and physics, marine and bacterial biology, upper atmospheric physics, oceanography/limnology, environmental studies, and human biology and medicine.  CNR is a participant in the usage of the Ny-Ålesund Marine Laboratory opened in 2005 and run by Kings Bay.         




Arctic Environmental Research Center - Japan  


Governing Institution:  Japanese National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)


Station Contact:


Main Web Site:


Facilities:  This Japanese Arctic research center has facilities to house scientists along with a meteorological radar and chemistry labs.


Purpose and History:  The Arctic Environmental Research Center was established in 1990.  The station was to serve as a coordinating center for international Arctic research while also conducting its own research projects.  The main project that the center is currently working on focuses on variations in the structure of the Arctic atmosphere, marine environments, and terrestrial environments.      




Arctic Yellow River Station - China 


Governing Institution:  Polar Research Institute of China (PRIC)


Station Contact:


Main Web Site:


Purpose and History:  The Chinese Arctic Yellow River Station was established in Oct. 2003.  Its main focus is on the observation and study of the aurora borealis.  The station houses a multiple wavelength monochromatic all-sky CCD imager to monitor charged atmospheric phenomena.  The facilities are capable of housing scientists year round allowing for winter observations of the aurora. 




NERC Station (Harland House) - Britain 


Governing Institution:  Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)


Station Contact:


Main Web Site:


Facilities:  The Harland House run by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council contains a 440m^2 laboratory, workshop, storage space, and single bedrooms.


Purpose and History:  This research station hosts science teams from UK universities and institutions who are conducting research in the Arctic.  As many as 40 scientists travel to NERC station each year.  As all stations located in Ny-Ålesund, close proximity to various Arctic biomes, geological features, and marine environment grant visiting researchers prime access to field sites.  The main research conducted concerns ecology, glacial/periglacial geomorphology, hydrology, and atmospheric chemistry.      




Netherlands Arctic Field Station - The Netherlands 


Governing Institution:  Arctic Centre, University of Groningen


Station Contact:


Main Web Site:


Purpose and History:  The Netherlands Arctic Field Station, which began in 1990, operates during the summer.  Dutch scientists are welcome to use the facilities for free as long as they pay for meals and follow the guidelines set up by Ny-Ålesund at the station.  Residents of the station include researchers, professors, students, and technical personnel.       




Dasan - Korean Arctic Station - South Korea 


Governing Institution:  Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute (KORDI)


Station Contacts:,,,


Main Web Site:


Facilities:  There are seven bedrooms, labs with equipment, glacier and boating instruments, and computers at the station.


Purpose and History:  Research at Dasan Station began April, 2002.  The station is named after Jeong Yag-Yong who wrote under the pen name, Dasan.  Research focuses on environmental topics.      




Himadri Arctic Research Station  - India 


Governing Institution: National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR)


Station Contact:


Purpose and History:  Himadri is the newest station in Ny-Ålesund.  India, who has had a research base on Antarctica since 1982, opened the Himadri Arctic Research Station July 10, 2008.   


Informational and data web links are below the Table of Measurements 


Table of Measurements


Station Identifier: 01004

Station Abbreviations: ENAS, STN89, and NYA; ZEP (Zeppelin Station)

Ny-Ålesund (Zeppelin Station) Global Atmospheric Watch - Station Information System (GAWSIS)








Sverdrup Research Station


Norwegian Polar Institute

Broadband UV-radiation



Erythemal UV-doses



Erythemal UV-doses, SF + UW



Mass balance of glaciers






Narrow band UV-radiation






Snow depth



Spectral UV-radiation (290-600)



Surface energy balance



Surface radiation budget, including global, diffuse, direct, reflected shortwave radiation, longwave down and up



Surface spectral albedo



Total ozone



Underwater UV-radiation (300-800)



Water discharge, sediment transport





Norwegian Institute for Air Research

Ozone (surface and stratospheric)



Heavy Metals



Organic compounds



Inorganic compounds






Precipitation (and its pH)  



Aerosol - surface



Greenhouse gases


T. Conway and E. Dlugokencky (NOAA); O. Hermansen (NILU); B. Vaughn (INSTAAR)







Radio Nuclides



Reactive gases


O. Hermansen (NILU);  P.Novelli (NOAA)

Ny-Ålesund - Global Atmospheric Watch(GAW)


Norwegian Institute for Air Research

Meteorology - surface






Aerosol - surface


Christoph Wehrli (PMOD/WRC-WORCC)

Aerosol - upper air (lidar)






Total ozone



Precipitation chemistry



Koldeway Station


Alfred-Wegner-Institute & French Institute Polaire Francais (AWIPEV)




FTIR spectrometer



Microwave radiometer






Sun/moon photometer



UV-B spectrometer






Upper air






Seismological "Very Broad Band" station





Andreas Herber (e-mail:

Corbel Station


Alfred-Wegner-Institute & French Institute Polaire Francais (AWIPEV)

Atmospheric particles



Mercury in the snow






Glacial margins geomorphology



Rabot Station


Alfred-Wegner-Institute & French Institute Polaire Francais (AWIPEV)

Kittiwakes endocrinology



Eider physiology



Mercury in the snow



Aphids ecology and genetics






Glacial balance



Dirigibile Italia


National Research Council of Italy (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR))







Cosmic rays



Radionuclide activity



UVB radiation (290-320 nm)



Radiative budget



Boundary layer






Arctic Environmental Research Center


Japanese National Institute of Polar Research

Greenhouse gases



Cloud lidar - MPL



Ice core drilling



Snow sampling



Radar aeronomy



Monitor tundra ecosystem



Chinese Arctic Yellow River Station


Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration




Space-earth measurements






Marine ecosystem



Weather patterns



Upper atmosphere physics



Arctic Research Station


Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), UK

Terrestrial ecology


















Netherlands Arctic Field Station


Arctic Centre, University of Groningen

Barnacle goose observations






Dasan - Korean Arctic Station






Himadri Arctic Research Station






Other relevant web sites:


Data archives:

Data requests from the German-French stations

Derived cloud parameters from micropulse lidar data at Ny-Aalesund (2002 - present)

Micropulse Lidar Data


Informational links: 

Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW) - Zeppelin Mountain station page 

Research in Svalbard (Database of research on Svalbard)

Corbel Station ENVINET

Dirigibile Italia ENVINET 

Koldewey ENVINET 

Koldewey Research Activities

NDSC Primary Station at Ny-Ålesund

Rabot Station ENVINET 

Sverdrup Station ENVINET

Stockholm University Research Station at Zeppelin

Zeppelin Station ENVINET


All information on this page was gathered from the web sites listed above.  We welcome your comments - if you have any additions or corrections that apply to this page, please forward them to

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