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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Research cruise with the coast guard ship KV Svalbard

19 March 2017 This week, the marine biologists of the FAABulous project (Future Arctic Algae Blooms – and their role in the context of climate change) have been on a research cruise with the coast guard ship KV Svalbard to Van Mijenfjorden.

How much do YOU contribute to the melting of sea ice in the Arctic?

16 March 2017 The amount of Arctic sea ice in summer decreases every year. How much do you and I contribute to this? How much does a roundtrip by airplane to Oslo or the running of the Longyearbyen power plant contribute to the melting each year?

Glaciology students on field trip

3 March 2017 Our master and PhD students in glaciology had a great field trip to Tunabreen earlier this week. The lack of sea ice caused a long detour to reach the glacier, but we believe it was worth it when we see these pictures.

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.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: