Zeppelin Observatory is located in Ny-Ålesund, one of the world's northernmost human settlements. The unique location of this station makes it an ideal platform for the monitoring of global atmospheric change and long-range pollution transport.

The Zeppelin Observatory is located in the Arctic on Zeppelin Mountain, 474 meters a.s.l, close to the town of Ny-Ålesund in the island archipelago of Svalbard. Zeppelin Mountain is an undisturbed environment, far away from major pollution sources. Most of the time it is above the local inversion layer, so influence from any local pollution sources – such as from the nearby community of Ny-Ålesund – is also limited.

Svalbard is very sparsely populated, and Ny-Ålesund is no exception: it has ~35 permanent residents, with up to 150 additional scientists during the summer peak season. Large areas of Svalbard (about 60%) are covered with glaciers, which at several places stretch well out into the sea.

The latest data collected from the Ny-Ålesund Observatory:
Ny-Ålesund Observatory Data.

Station designation: 



78.9072º N, 11.8867º E

Station elevation: 

474 meters above sea level

Air intake elevation: 

15 meters above ground level

Station PI: 

Dr. Chris Lunder (crl@nilu.no)

Station manager: 

Ove Hermansen (oh@nilu.no)

Station team: 

Ove Hermansen, Norbert Schmidbauer

Station funding: 

The halocarbon measurements at Zeppelin Observatory are funded by the Norwegian Environment Agency.