Environmental Monitoring System for Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Updated 2017-10-31

MOSJ (Environmental Monitoring of Svalbard and Jan Mayen) is an environmental monitoring system and part of the Government’s environmental monitoring in Norway. An important function is to provide a basis for seeing whether the political targets set for the development of the environment in the North are being attained

Time frame

Project time span
1999 -
Data collection
1999 -
Data processing
1999 -
Data reporting
1999 -

Contact information

Contact person
Therese Sigurdsen



Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Human media
Marine fish
Marine mammals
Plankton (zooplankton)
Seawater/suspended particulate matter
Terrestrial mammals


Regions studied

Data availability

Data availability and access


Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

MOSJ (Environmental Monitoring of Svalbard and Jan Mayen) is an environmental monitoring system, and consists of a number of indicators for pressure and state which contain one or more data sets. The data presented in MOSJ come from many institutions which perform monitoring. The individual data suppliers are responsible for the quality assurance of their data and for interpreting trends in the individual data set. The dataset include 55 indicators for climate, pollution, traffic, harvesting and marine and terrestrial fauna. An explanation of what the monitoring shows is given for each indicator. This is done by assessing whether or not a trend in the development exists and, based on this, whether the status can be characterised as good or poor as indicated by reference values or norms. Emphasis is placed on performing assessments of the state of the environment based on all other relevant knowledge, since the MOSJ data alone cannot explain all aspects of the development.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

•The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI)

•The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)

•The National Institute for Nutrition and Seafood Research (NIFES)

•The Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET)

•The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR)

•The Governor of Svalbard

•The Norwegian Environment Agency

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