The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU) has the scientific responsibility for the activities at the Zeppelin mountain station, whereas the NPI is the owner. The station was first established in 1988-1989, but the present building was inaugurated in 2000. The research is concentrated around characterization of the arctic atmosphere and studies of atmospheric processes and changes, investigation of long transportation of atmospheric contaminants, and studies of stratospheric ozone and climate related questions. The NILU has close cooperation with SU, and is also a NySMAC member.
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The Department of Applied Environmental Science at Stockholm University (SU) has been participating in research activities at the Zeppelin station since the late eighties. The work is done in close collaboration with NILU and the NPI. Measurements focus on carbon dioxide, particle concentration and size distribution, light absorption and scattering. SU is a NySMAC member.
The Department of Chemistry at The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has been performing long-term measurements of atmospheric mercury in Ny-Ålesund and at the Zeppelin station since 2000. The research group pays regular visits to Ny-Ålesund through the year.
The Department of Biology at The University of Bergen (Norway) came to Ny-Ålesund with the PAME-Nor project in 2007 and 2008. By using mesocosms for experimental testing the researchers were looking for how polar marine microorganisms' activities are affected by effects of global environmental change. The department of biology at the University of Bergen is the project manager of the FP7 program named MESOAQUA, where Kings Bay AS also participates.
The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) was established in Longyearbyen in 1993, to provide research and education facilities in the High Arctic, and to develop Svalbard as an international research platform. UNIS became NySMAC member in 2006. Kings Bay AS contributes to UNIS activities by having a cooperation aimed at bringing students for field work in Ny-Ålesund. This cooperation is expected to develop further.
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) is a NySMAC member, and has been operating two satellite receiving stations in Ny-Ålesund since 2001, to collect signals from the TerraSAR-X, CHAMP, Sac-C, TanDEM-X and GRACE 1 & 2 satellites. The GFZ pays regular visits to Ny-Ålesund, but also cooperates closely with the AWIPEV base and Kings Bay AS for miscellaneous maintenance of the systems.
Andøya Rocket Range (ARR) established their launch pad for sounding rockets in Ny-Ålesund in 1997. ARR is a limited company owned by the Norwegian Space Centre and Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace. ARR facilitates and provides access to space for scientists by offering two launch sites, with Ny-Ålesund as one of them. For studies of the polar cusp it is considered favourable to launch sounding rockets from Ny-Ålesund, and in addition the properties of the Earth's magnetic field can be exploited more easily from Svalbard. An expansion of the launch pad was completed during the fall of 2008, and the last launch campaign so far took place during November and December 2008. The ARR is a NySMAC member, but does not have permanent personnel in Ny-Ålesund.
The University of Tromsø (UiT) supports a wide range of studies and programs located in Ny-Ålesund. Space physics, geophysics, marine and terrestrial biology represent some fields of particular interest and focus. A small geophysical observatory operated by UiT is located in Ny-Ålesund, and the resesarch ice breaker "FF Jan Mayen" owned and operated by UiT pays a few visits to Ny-Ålesund each year. UiT is a NySMAC member.
The National Science Foundation (NSF), Office of Polar Programs (OPP), from USA has been part of the Kings Bay Marine Lab consortium since its establishment in 2005. The NSF supports science within physical, biological and social sciences.
The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS), at Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory is part of the Kings Bay Marine Lab consortium. Scientists from SAMS visit Ny-Ålesund as part of the SAMS' focus on interdiciplinary Arctic research projects, and particularly marine science.