India embarked upon the Arctic research by launching First Indian scientific expedition to Arctic - in the first week of August 2007 using the international research facility at Ny-Alesund in the Spitsbergen Island of Norway. Subsequently India has been sending scientific teams every summer and winter for carrying out studies in the Arctic, primarily in the fields of glaciology, hydrochemistry, microbiology, and atmospheric sciences. A station building “HIMADRI” with accommodation and work space for a total of 8 scientists, was formally inaugurated on the 1st July 2008. A web-based portal showcasing the various scientific activities of India in the Arctic has been developed. An MoU was signed between NCAOR and NPI for collaborative scientific endeavors in the fields of glaciology, microbiology, geology and atmospheric sciences. India was unanimously elected as a member of the Ny-Ålesund Science Managers Committee (NySMAC).It has also been invited as an Observer in the International Arctic Science Committee.
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