National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), Japan

NIPR is the core institute in Japan to promote scientific research and observation in the polar regions and has been engaged in comprehensive research projects based at collaborative facilities in the circum-Arctic region. 

As an Inter-University Research Institute, NIPR is providing infrastructure supports, samples, materials and information to the Japanese research community for the Arctic and Antarctic research and monitoring. The main research subjects of NIPR in Ny-Ålesund are on atmospheric science (greenhouse gases, aerosols, and clouds), terrestrial biology, glaciology, and upper atmospheric science. 

NIPR has a key function in that it assesses, accepts and hosts projects in Ny-Ålesund proposed by researchers from Japan.

NIPR has had a presence in Ny-Ålesund since 1991 at Rabben and relocated to the Kings Bay new observatory Veksthus in April 2019. NIPR does not have a year-round staff in Ny-Ålesund at present.


NySMAC representative
Hiroshi Miyaoka 

Arctic Environment Research Center (AERC)

Location in Ny-Ålesund

  • Kings Bay Veksthus 
  • Rabben
  • Gruvebadet
  • Zeppelin Observatory

Ny-Ålesund on-site staff
(+47) 7902 6846

Looking for additional information?
Please visit the NIPR Arctic Research website  

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