This web portal gives access to the latest products and information about sea ice, snow and permafrost - the cryosphere - from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.


KEPLER update

As with many aspects of our lives, the KEPLER project has been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. All events requiring physical presence of the participants have been postponed to a later date with many of them switched to an online teleconference format. However, when it comes to deliverables and recommendations, the pandemic has had less impact. The KEPLER project is being coordinated by Nick Hughes, the leader of the Norwegian Ice Service in MET Norway


Ice Watch and App-development

Over the last six months, we have received many contributions through Ice Watch and testing of our new mobile application IceWatchApp. In total, the database consists of close to 10 000 individual sea ice observations from research, operations and polar tourism cruises in remote polar waters. To name a few vessels we currently have in our Ice Watch database; RV Kronprins Haakon, KV Svalbard, HI Sverdrup, Polarstern and Akademik Fedorov.


2-year PostDoc on sea-ice data assimilation

 We are recruiting in a 2-year PostDoc position on Sea Ice Data Assimilation!

 Closing date 23 November!


2020 is one of the years with the least ice in the Arctic

So far, 2020 is one of the years we have measured the least sea ice in the Arctic. In October, almost four million square kilometers of ice are missing compared to what was common in the 80s. This corresponds to an area ten times the size of Norway.


New snow depth figures on

Snow depth is observed daily, both manually and automatically, at stations throughout Norway. At we have now further developed a product that shows the current snow depth (starting 1st september every year) in relation to previous years and all-time highs and lows.