The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen at 78º N. We provide research-based education of the next generation of Arctic experts in biology, geology, geophysics and technology.
Affiliated and Project Sites
- ARCeX – Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration
- Arctic Safety Centre
- bioCEED – Centre for Excellence in Biology Education
- Birkeland Centre for Space Science
- Kjell Henriksen Observatory
- LYSEF – Longyearbyen Science and Education Forum
- SIOS – Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System
- The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research
- UNIS CO2 Lab
14 October 2016 Miriam Marquardt has investigated the community composition, seasonality and diversity of marine microbial eukaryotes in Svalbard waters during the Polar night season. Marquardt will defend her PhD thesis at UNIS on Tuesday 18 October.
5 October 2016 Extreme events like the mild winter experienced in Longyearbyen last year, with rain, sleet and positive temperatures, may become more frequent in the future Arctic climate, and thereby challenge the inherent resilience of Arctic species and the ecosystems in which they are part of.
23 September 2016 The Greenland ice sheet is not entirely white. Parts of the ice sheet have darkened since 1996, leading to increased melting. PhD candidate Thomas Gölles has developed tools to study the interplay of particle accumulation, ice flow and ice melt. Gölles will defend his dissertation at UNIS on 29 September.
Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama
Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: