The Norwegian Polar Institute is Norway's central governmental institution for scientific research, mapping and environmental monitoring in the Arctic and the Antarctic. The Institute advises Norwegian authorities on matters concerning polar issues, and is Norway’s competent environmental authority in Antarctica. The Norwegian Polar Institute is a directorate under the Ministry of Climate and Environment. The Ministry defines the scope and sets the tasks for Institute.
The World faces complex challenges that calls for comprehensive and integrated solutions. Research and knowledge on polar marine ecosystems in a changing climate is critical to estimate the potential these ecosystems have as a future food resource. Further, climate change in the polar regions have widespread global effects, e.g. sea level rise and changes in weather patterns like the monsoon.