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About Anna Sinisalo
Anna Sinisalo
Senior Arctic Expert
Phone: +47 469 39 860

The polar regions have always been close to my heart. Throughout the years, I’ve been assessing the state of the cryosphere, such as glaciers, sea ice, snow cover and ice sheets, and monitored their changes in the Arctic, Antarctica and in the Hindu Kush Himalaya - often called the Third Pole. More recently, I have been increasingly interested in how these changes impact and interact with the environment and the diverse groups of people influenced by the changes.


Before joining GRID-Arendal, I coordinated Cryosphere Initiative of the International Centre of Mountain Development (ICIMOD) based in Nepal and serving the entire Hindu Kush Himalayan region. I have worked as a scientist at the University of Oslo and the Arctic Centre of the University of Lapland, Finland. My MSc research focused on Baltic sea ice, and I studied the so-called “Antarctic blue ice areas” for my PhD to provide paleoclimate information.


I am passionate about making scientific results more accessible for everyone and integrating them better with decision-making at all levels. One of my main working areas at GRID-Arendal is marine plastic pollution: understanding the sources and finding solutions to reduce this kind of pollution in the Arctic. I will also continue to assess the drastic changes occurring in the cryosphere and the impacts of these major environmental changes. These results will be disseminated to improve decision-making and to help build resilience and reduce risks in the Arctic.


I believe in the power of youth and have had a privilege to work with Arctic and Nordic research education networks in the past. Currently I am involved with the University of Arctic Thematic Network on Arctic Plastic Pollution.

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