CNR ARCTIC STATION “DIRIGIBILE ITALIA”
The Italian Arctic Station Dirigibile Italia is a multidisciplinary research facility located in Ny-Ålesund (78°55' N, 11°56' E) in the Norwegian Archipelago of Spitzbergen (Svalbard). The station is managed by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) and the activities are coordinated by the Polar Support Unit of the CNR Department of Earth and Environment: POLARNET.
The station was opened in 1997 and supports interdisciplinary research.
The station was named Dirigibile Italia in honour of Umberto Nobile’s airship expedition of 1928.
Dirigibile Italia is a 330m2 infrastructure of which 170m2 are used as laboratories and offices. The Station is opened all year round although it may not be manned when activities are not taking place. It can accommodate up to 7 people. The main research studies carried out at Dirigibile Italia investigate the following fields:
- Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
- Marine and Bacterial Biology
- Upper atmosphere physics
- Environmental studies
- Human biology and medicine
THE MARINE LABORATORY
CNR is part of the International User Group for the Ny-Ålesund Marine Laboratory, a new Kings Bay facility - opened on June 2005 – which provides a unique support to marine ecology, physiology, and biochemistry studies as well as physical sciences. The lab is a proper experimental laboratory with system-control of the experimental parameters, and it is able to carry out experiments under real environment conditions. The laboratory contains some basic equipment and instruments. The ground level of the lab is basically a storage room. The first floor houses scientific equipments, labs, freezers, holding tanks for organisms, etc. The second floor mainly comprises the water treatment system, office of the lab coordinator and a lecture room for more than 20 persons.