Arctic Geology

Dec
01

International Permafrost Association (IPA) secretariat opened at UNIS

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.

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Mar
04

Autumn courses open for application

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.

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Jan
25

Apply for summer courses now

25 January 2016

Application is now open for UNIS courses that start in summer (June/July), and early autumn semester. The application deadline is 15 February 2016.

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Nov
03

Looking deeper into the seafloor of Isfjorden, Svalbard

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.

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Oct
12

Solving the mystery of surging glaciers

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.

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Oct
09

Ocean temperatures dictate glacier calving

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.

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Sep
17

The antique mountain peaks of Svalbard

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.

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Aug
24

“Snowball Earth” mystery solved

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.

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Aug
21

Warm Atlantic water drives the climate in the Arctic

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.

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