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The Polish Polar Station in Hornsund, Svalbard, plays a crucial role in Arctic research and environmental monitoring. Established in 1957, this research facility is operated by the Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences. Its primary functions include conducting meteorological, glaciological, geophysical, and geological studies. The station's strategic location in the High Arctic allows scientists to monitor climate change impacts, study polar ecosystems, and observe atmospheric phenomena unique to polar regions, such as auroras.
The importance of the Polish Polar Station extends beyond scientific research. It contributes to our understanding of global climate systems by providing valuable data on Arctic conditions. This data aids in predicting weather patterns and understanding the processes of global warming. Moreover, the station serves as a base for international scientific cooperation in the Arctic, fostering collaboration across different countries and disciplines. This cooperative effort enhances the global knowledge base about the Arctic's critical role in Earth's climate system and environmental health. In 2018, a feasibility study for the renewal of the Polish Polar Station was conducted to ensure a modernization strategy that aligns with the latest scientific needs, maximizes operational efficiency, and incorporates sustainable practices, thereby enhancing the station's capability to further conduct vital Arctic research under extreme conditions.

Type: Feasibility Study. Comprehensive renewal of the
Polish Polar Station Scientific Lab Facility
Location:  Svalbard, Norway
Year: 2018

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Satellite photo of Svalbard by the
Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, August 2022

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Polish Polar Station in Hornsund, location on Archipelago

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View trom allsky vIo camera
@ Prs Hornsund rooftop, March 2023

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Design proposal’s latest update, 2023

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Initial proposal plan, 2018

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