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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A dynamic study of the ionospheric footprint of the cusp/cleft over Svalbard

24 February 2017 The Earth’s cusp region is believed to be the main place of transport of the magnetosheath plasma into the ionosphere. PhD candidate Xiangcai Chen has analysed a long-term ground-based optical aurora and SuperDARN HF radar data over Svalbard to further understand the dynamics of the reconnection plasma process in the cusp region. Xiangcai will defend his PhD thesis at UNIS on 28 February.

Autumn courses 2017 open for application

23 February 2017 Apply now for UNIS autumn semester courses! The application deadline is 15 April 2017.

Avalanche in Longyearbyen 21 February 2017

21 January 2017 Just before noon on Tuesday 21 February 2017 an avalanche destroyed two apartment buildings in the middle of Longyearbyen. No one was injured in the avalanche, but parts of the town are now under evacuation.

Internal investigation of boat incident concluded

17 February 2017 The internal investigation into the boat incident on 27 January 2017 is now concluded and the investigation group has delivered their report to the UNIS director.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: