Terrestrial Ecosystems

Aphids ( <em>Acyrthosiphon svalbardicum</em> ) feeding on <em>Dryas octopetala</em> , Blomstrandhalvøya.
Photo: Stephen Coulson / Norwegian Polar Institute

The combination of northern location, coastal setting, great heterogeneity of the area, and a long record of research makes Ny-Ålesund a key location for terrestrial research in the High Arctic. The Ny-Ålesund area provides unique opportunities for in-depth studies of life and ecosystem processes in Arctic environments. The Terrestrial Ecology Flagship seeks to increase coordination and collaboration between researchers within these fields.

Upcoming activities

  • Joint flagship open workshop on the nutrient cycle - linking the atmosphere, marine, terrestrial and cryosphere, in Orvieto, Italy, Oct-Nov 2020. Hosted by CNR, as part of the joint flagship project. First announcement will come soon.
  • CANCELLED due to the Corona-pandemi: Poster presentation will be organised this summer in Ny-Ålesund; please send an email to Angela Augusti with the dates of your staying in Ny-Ålesund with the aim to plan this informal discussion session.


  • 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: .  
  • 24th of February 2020, a meeting of the Terrestrial Ecology group was held at the Fram Center in Tromsø. The meeting had as goal the discussion of current activities and the planning of activities for the future. An important goal for the Terrestrial Flagship is to fulfil a research review article with the title: “High Arctic terrestrial research in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard: A synthesis”, that is in its final writing stage and an update for the manuscript was presented. This has been the starting point for further discussions about scientific knowledge gaps that have been highlighted in the terrestrial ecosystem research in Ny-Ålesund, and about how, as a group, we plan to continue in the future. Possible ideas for a proposal at the next SSF call were also discussed.
  • If you would like to receive information on upcoming activities in the Terrestrial Flagship, please sign up for the flagship email list. Contact Christina at '); /*]]>*/ if you would like to communicate with the flagship group.