The Norwegian National Committee on Polar Research has made a Policy Platform Document for Norwegian Research in the Antarctic 2005 - 2009, commissioned by the Research Council of Norway. The document implies a considerable upgrade of Norwegian Antarctic research.
Being the only country with both Arctic and Antarctic territories, Norway has a special obligation to develop knowledge concerning the polar areas. The new policy document states that Norwegian Antarctic research should focus on topics where significant progress can be made. Furthermore, it should generate thorough knowledge on the proper management of the territories claimed by Norway.
Important issues are: climate, marine ecosystems and the effects of human activity. Attention is brought to the potential for Norwegian industry in Antarctic research, especially in the field of bioprospecting and technology development. Also included in the document is a survey of the environmental status in Antarctica, with particular regard to the Norwegian Troll station.
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