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.

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Opening the “black box” of the Polar night

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.

Climate change effects on Arctic species spread across trophic levels

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.

Impurities of glacier ice

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.

Lazarus ice

16 September 2016 Global climate change is causing Arctic sea ice to melt at an accelerating rate, increasing the ability of ships and other structures to travel though Arctic waters. But even as they melt, some sea ice structures actually get stronger.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: