The Norwegian Polar Institute produces and maintains several online and printed maps of Svalbard and Ny-Ålesund that can be used when planning and conducting field work in Ny-Ålesund.
Topo Svalbard is a topographical map of Svalbard with place names, updated glacial fronts from satellite imaging and overview of nature conservation areas.
Svalbardkartet is an interactive themed atlas of Svalbard supplemented with a rich dataset of environmental data layered on top of a detailed topographic base-map. Svalbardkartet also provides information about instruments, installations and field sites in Ny-Ålesund in the layer Ny-Ålesund Research Objects (Ny-Ålesund GIS, see below). All information in Svalbardkartet is open to all.
This animation takes you from Europe to Svalbard, past Kvadhuken and in Kongsfjorden towards Ny-Ålesund with a swing over the Zeppelin Mountain.
Mapillary, a platform for street-level imagery and map data, has been in Ny-Ålesund and created street-level data from the research station. The software can be used free of charge, and a logged in user gets access to street views from Ny-Ålesund.
Ny-Ålesund GIS system
Ny-Ålesund has its own GIS system containing information about research instruments, installations and field sites in and around Ny-Ålesund. Currently, the database contains more than 500 objects and the research community in Ny-Ålesund is working on including more historical data into the database as well as adding the current instruments, installations and field sites that are not already included.
Information about the research objects are available as a separate layer in Svalbardkartet.
Tips and tricks on how to use the tool can be found in the GiS manual (PDF)
Adding or modifying information about the research objects in Svalbardkartet must be done through the specific user-interface for Ny-Ålesund GIS. The interface part of the system requires a log-in, and each NySMAC member has an account.
There are several webcams in operation in Ny-Ålesund:
- Live webcam from the Zeppelin Observatory (NPI) – updated every 10 min
- Panorama images from Zeppelin Observatory (NPI) – unstitched, updated daily
- Live webcam from the airport (Kings Bay)
- Live webcam at Hamnerabben towards Kapp Mitra (Kings Bay)
The EU project INTERACT has published several handbooks that are highly relevant for researchers in the Arctic. These two might be of particular interest: