1 December 2016
The International Permafrost Association (IPA) and The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) are pleased to announce that the IPA Secretariat will be officially located and hosted at UNIS from 1 December 2016 until 2020.
4 March 2016
Apply now for UNIS autumn semester courses! There are 39 courses on bachelor, master and PhD level that are now open for application. The duration of the courses ranges from two weeks up to a whole semester. The application deadline is 15 April 2016.
3 November 2015
PhD candidate Srikumar Roy has investigated the seabed fluid flow, seepage processes and features in Isfjorden, the largest fjord system of Svalbard. His research has helped to understand the geological controls on various fluid migration pathways and processes existing in the Norwegian Arctic fjords. Roy will defend his PhD thesis at UNIS on 6 November 2015.
12 October 2015
PhD candidate Heïdi Sevestre has investigated the global distribution of surge-type glaciers and uncovered differences in geometry between normal and surge-type glaciers. Her research has helped solve one of the biggest enigmas in glaciology. Sevestre will defend her PhD thesis at UNIS on 13 October 2015.
9 October 2015
Arctic fjord temperatures control calving rates at tidewater glaciers in Svalbard. A direct link between ocean temperatures and glacier calving rates has now been demonstrated by an international team of scientists from UNIS and the UK.
17 September 2015
The steep, rugged mountains of northwestern Svalbard are much older than previously assumed and not the product of the latest ice age erosions. Instead, new findings by UNIS scientists indicate these mountains were formed much earlier and were protected by a glacial armour for the past one million years. This turns current knowledge about alpine topography development on its head.
24 August 2015
The deep freeze of the Earth some 650 million years ago was not total. New research by UNIS professor Doug Benn and an international team shows that the climate was sensitive to variations in the Earth’s orbit around the sun, resulting in cycles of ice sheet retreat and allowing lakes to form, rivers to flow, and simple microbial life to flourish.
21 August 2015
During the last 132,000 years, the Arctic climate varied significantly and this was closely related to the strength and variability in the inflow of Atlantic Water to the Arctic. This emphasizes the importance of considering regional environmental parameters and feedback mechanisms in reconstructions of the past climate, according to a new PhD thesis by Teena Chauhan. The thesis will be defended at UNIS on Thursday 27 August 2015.