Environmental Monitoring System for Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Updated 2012-07-27

• Collect and process data on elements impacting the environment and on the status of the environment and cultural remains • Interpret the data in order to assess trends and developments in the environment • Give advice to the authorities on needed actions, research or better monitoring. • SANDER, G., HANSSEN-BAUER, I., BJØRGE, A. & PRESTRUD, P.: Miljøovervåking av Svalbard og Jan Mayen - MOSJ. En dokumentasjon av systemet og den første vurderingen av miljøstatus. Tromsø 2005 • A number of trend reports available on http://mosj.npolar.no Member/connected to global network: Some of the indicators in the system is likely also reported to global networks. When operational: The programme was established in 1999. Some indicators have time series that extend further back than 1999, while some indicators are yet to be implemented in the monitoring system. Main gaps: The main weakness of MOSJ is the fact that not all identified indicators are actively monitored. All indicators have been as they are considered important to achieve the aims of the system, but some are not yet in action due to financial and practical constraints.

Time frame

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

Contact information

Contact person
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Birgit Njåstad

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Human media
Seawater/suspended particulate matter


Regions studied

Data availability

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.

Air pollution in Ny Ålesund, Climate gasses in Ny Ålesund, Radioactivity in air and water, PCB in bottom sediments, Garbage on the beach, Environmental contaminants in polar bear, Environmental contaminants in Arctic fox, Environmental contaminants in ringed seal, Environmental contaminants in walrus, Environmental contaminants in bearded seal, Environmental contaminants in beluga, Environmental contaminants in Glaucous Gull, Environmental contaminants in Thickbilled Guillemot, Environmental contaminants in ivory gull, Environmental contaminants in polar cod, Environmental contaminants in capelin, Environmental contaminants in zoo plankton, Environmental contaminants in Svalbard ptarmigan, Environmental contaminants in Svalbard char, Site landings: cruise tourism, Site landings: other tourism (non-cruise), Overnight stays in Longyearbyen, Number of registered snow scooters, Helicopter activities in protected areas, Individuals in areas where notification is required, Number of registered small boats, Wear and tear on vegetation due to activity/traffic, Taking of Svalbard reindeer, Taking of Svalbard ptarmigan, Taking of Arctic fox, Taking of Svalbard char, Effects of trawling on bottom fauna, Catch of capelin in Barents Sea, Catch of herring, Catch of North-East Atlantic cod, Catch of Norwegian-Arctic Greenland halibut, Catch of ocean perch, Catch of deepwater redfish, Catch of harp seal, Catch of hooded seal, Large technical structures, Area of protected area, Introduced species (sibling vole), Air temperature, Precipitation, Ozone and UV-radiation, Atmospheric radiation, Sea ice, Sea temperature, salinity and current, Sea level, Glacier mass balance, Snow cover on land (duration), Average albedo, Temperature in permafrost, Sea ice as habitat, Polar bear, Walrus, Ring seal, Harbor seal, Bearded seal, Harp seal, Hooded seal, Beluga, Bowhead whale, Narwhale, North-East Arctic cod, Herring, Capelin, Polar cod, Greenland halibut, ocean perch and deepwater, redfish, Zoo plankton, Plant plankton, Microbial fauna, CTD, Benthos, Macro algae, New species in the marine environment, Thick-billed Guillemot, Common Guillemot, Kittiwake, Glaucous Gull, Little auk, Common eider, Ivory gull, Svalbard reindeer, Arctic fox, Svalbard ptarmigan, Vegetation, Geese, Wading birds, Svalbard char

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

Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

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