The NORMAP research infrastructure targets availability of essential satellite based Earth Observations (EO) information products covering the high latitudes and Arctic regions, compliant with the Norwegian High North strategy emphasising the need for knowledge-based management of the Arctic region. NORMAP will systematically provide access to reliable EO data to stimulate, strengthen and assist multidisciplinary environmental, ecosystem and climate research applications. NORMAP builds on a vision that by 2020 Norway aims to be an internationally leading country in the integrated use of satellite EO data for: (i) cutting edge research and applications targeting the environmental, ecosystem and climate changes in the Nordic Seas and Arctic regions, and (ii) knowledge-based support to management and industry. The NORMAP repository will comprise geo-referenced and co-located EO data, including long-term time series and daily updated near real-time data. NORMAP will (i) contribute to advances in research on the upper ocean and atmospheric boundary layer and their role for climate and environment change, (ii) strengthen the use of satellite EO data for operational application and management, (iii) trigger new multidisciplinary research, collaborations and networks, (iv) aid Master and PhD students working with satellite EO data; (v) foster the development of the new generation of climate models, (vi) stimulate international collaboration. Its technical design will be aligned with international interoperability standards as approved by INSPIRE, WMO Information System (WIS) and GEOSS. The web-based NORMAP data repository will be linked with and complementing the global satellite data catalogues of the space agencies as well as oceanographic and meteorological databases in Norway and the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS). A roadmap plan for sustainability and long term funding of NORMAP will be outlined during the last phase of the project.