The Arctic Marine Laboratory in Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard is an international scientific research station offering facilities for a wide range of Arctic research projects. Research carried out at the facility includes challenges related to ice movement, ocean currents, wind direction and other factors that affect operations and environmental considerations in Arctic areas.
ConocoPhillips contributed to financing the laboratory, which opened in 2005.
ConocoPhillips has also been a contributor and supporter in connection with rehabilitating the Roald Amundsen villa in Ny-Ålesund. The villa was built in 1918 and is the only art nouveau house in Ny-Ålesund. Roald Amundsen and his expedition team used the villa in 1925-1926. At the request of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage and Kings Bay, who is the owner, the villa has now been returned to the way it was in Amundsen’s days.
The University Center in Svalbard (UNIS) is the world’s northernmost educational institution, located in Longyearbyen at 78 degrees north. UNIS was established in 1993 to offer university-level programs in Arctic studies, conduct research and establish Svalbard as an international research center. ConocoPhillips has collaborated with UNIS through a number of research projects and helped consolidate UNIS’ position.