Ny-Ålesund is the most international research community in Svalbard and a quarter of all research projects in the archipelago are based in the Ny-Ålesund Research Station. Researcher Institutions from 10 different countries (China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom) have permanent research infrastructure in the settlement and researcher from many other nations also out research activities in the Ny-Ålesund area each year.
Three of the institutions with long-term presence in Ny-Ålesund have staff on site throughout the year; The Norwegian Polar Institute, AWIPEV (the German Alfred Wegner Institute and the French Institut Paul Émile Victor), and the Norwegian Mapping Authority (Space Geodetic Observatory).
Kings Bay AS, the company running the infrastructure in Ny-Ålesund, offer accommodation, logistics and infrastructure to all researchers. Facilities run by Kings bay includes the Marine Laboratory, the Kings Bay Veksthus, the Gruvebadet Laboratory, the Permafrost Borehole, the Light-Sensitive Cabin and the research vessel "Teisten".
Climate and environmental studies make up the largest share of Ny-Ålesund research. Four main research themes, the Ny-Ålesund Flagships, have been identified and agreed upon: Atmospherical Research, Terrestrial Ecosystem, the Kongsfjorden System and Glaciological Research.
The Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC) aims to strengthen collaboration and coordination amongst the research institutions present in Ny-Ålesund. The aims and operational tools of NySMAC are outlined in the NySMAC Terms of Reference and in the NySMAC Charter (currently under revision). Additional information is available at https://nyalesundresearch.no/nysmac/
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Messages at time of print 20 January 2022, 00:09 CET