Kongsfjorden System

Undewater plants and marine life with a diver
Photo: Peter Leopold

Kongsfjorden is directly influenced by inflow of warm atlantic water and is therefore a highly sensitive marine system to climate change in the Arctic and represents one of the most comprehensive environmental monitoring locations in the Arctic. The Kongsfjorden System Flagship brings together the scientists working on this system, to increase cooperation and coordination.

Upcoming activities


  • A new feature in RiS makes it possible to link your project to one or more of the Ny-Ålesund flagships. Please update your project information under Project Details>Project Type. We can in the next round create lists for the different flagships on when the different projects will be present in Ny-Ålesund
  • Ny-Ålesund GIS product is launched! Information about research instruments, installations and field sites in and around Ny-Ålesund is available as a dedicated layer in Svalbardkartet. More information here. If information about your research object is not included, please be in contact with the NySMAC representative from your institute or NPI research corrdinator in Ny-Ålesund: .  
  • The flagship was able to finance four guest visits during fall 2019. The reports will soon be available from here.
  • Project FACE-IT - Effects of the retreating cryosphere on Arctic marine biodiversity and ecosystem services is funded by EU. It will compare Kongsfjorden to other Arctic fjords, and involves 3-4 seasons of field work from Ny-Ålesund.
  • If you would like to receive emails on upcoming activities from the flagship, please sign up on the flagship email list. Contact Christina at '); /*]]>*/ if you would like to communicate with the flagship group.