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Ny-Ålesund Research Station - Sverdrup (Sverdrup)
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Legal Status
Norwegian Polar Institute, Ny-Ålesund Research Station - Sverdrup, Ny-Ålesund, PO: 9173, Svalbard (Norway)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1968
Scientific Description
Sverdrup is part of Ny-Ålesund Research Station in Svalbard, Norway. Ny-Ålesund is a Norwegian research and monitoring station where institutes from many countries facilitate for research activities. Sverdrup serves as a research and monitoring facility for long and short-term measurement programs as well as a field base giving logistical support for research teams working in the pristine environment around Ny-Ålesund. Ny-Ålesund and its area is ideal for research and monitoring of contemporary environmental changes related to climate change issues, long range transport of pollutants, glaciology, atmospheric physics and chemistry, eco-toxicology, Arctic marine and terrestrial ecosystems, as well as other natural science disciplines. Ny-Ålesund Research Station - Sverdrup offers research facilities to visiting scientists including offices with phone and internet, guest computers, two small workshops for smaller electronical and mechanical repairs, a small guest lab with sink, workbench and refrigerator, a large roof platform for instruments, a library, and a lounge for meetings and social gatherings. We can also offer access to the Zeppelin Observatory (at the Mnt. Zeppelin 457 masl) on request. Sverdrup has an extensive and well-equipped logistics department offering logistical support like boats (Polarcircle working boats, rubber and aluminum boats), snowmobiles and sledges, field equipment like tents, sleeping bags, primus, clothes, etc., and safety equipment (radios, personal beacons etc.). The site operator Kings Bay AS also offers access to common lab facilities (including a modern well equipped Marine laboratory and a lab for atmospheric observations), as well as standard wet and dry labs. They also have the 31 feel long boat Teisten equipped to do smaller scientific operations, transportation and survey in the nearby fjords. Kings Bay also provides a short safety course including shooting practice, and lend out rifles and signal guns.

RI Keywords
Atmospheric Science, Biology, Geology, Terrestrial, Ecology, Marine, Oceanography, Glaciology
RI Category
Solid Earth Observatories, including Seismological Monitoring Stations
Earth Observation satellites
Polar and Cryospheric Research Infrastructures
Earth, Ocean, Marine, Freshwater, and Atmosphere Data Centres
Marine & Maritime Engineering Facilities
In situ Earth Observatories
In situ Marine/Freshwater Observatories
Atmospheric Measurement Facilities
Scientific Domain
Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics and Mathematics
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Information Science and Technology
Engineering and Energy
Biological and Medical Sciences
Chemistry and Material Sciences
Ny-Ålesund Science Manger Committee webpage

Information about research and research coordination in Ny-Ålesund

Sverdrup station

The station provides logistical support (snow scooters, boats, and equipment), workshop, office facilities, and field storage, while laboratory space is available through the Kings Bay Marine Laboratory. The Norwegian Polar Institute also runs the Zeppelin Observatory on top of the Zeppelin Mountain (474 m a.s.l.) for long-term atmospheric monitoring.

Logistical support

The station provides logistical support including renting out equipment such as clothes, safety equipment, camp equipment, boat, snowmobiles etc.

Date of last update: 18/03/2019
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