News 2007

Dec
17

Spectacular find could rewrite polar bear history

17 December 2007

In 2004 a group of UNIS geology students found an ancient polar bear jawbone at Svalbard. Now it turns out that this find could confirm that polar bear as a species has already survived one interglacial period, bringing hope that the first and foremost Arctic symbol can – in fact – also survive the current warming climate.

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Oct
31

The dynamics of Svalbard glaciers

31 October 2007

Calving and surging glaciers play a major role in delivering land ice to Arctic waters. Changes in calving frequency might impact sea transport, fisheries and oil exploration in the Arctic. However, these changes are poorly understood. A new PhD project at UNIS aims at increasing the understanding of glacier changes in a shifting climate.

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Oct
25

James Lovelock: Earth is setting the agenda for climate change

25 October 2007

– The Earth, not people, is setting the agenda regarding climate change. We need to prepare for a warmer climate, because it will be a reality, Dr. James Lovelock said at a special seminar about climate change at UNIS yesterday.

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Oct
12

Frontier work at Mediumfjellet

12 October 2007

Tine, Nancy and Pierre spent a month 450 meters up on a mountain top to collect new geological data. All in all, your average student summer camp? Not quite, as their work will result in geological maps to be redrawn!

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Oct
05

PhD defense on First-year sea ice

5 October 2007

Civil engineer Svetlana Shafrova will defend her PhD thesis ”First-year sea ice features: Investigation of ice field strength heterogeneity and modeling of ice rubble behaviour” at UNIS on Friday, 12 October 2007.

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Oct
01

CO2 free Svalbard under way

1 October 2007

The vision of a CO2-free Svalbard by 2025 is becoming a reality. Last week the first trial drilling for finding the best CO2 depository sediments started. This study will be implemented in the UNIS course portfolio next year.

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Sep
19

Consequences of tooth wear in reindeer

19 September 2007

Age related tooth wear has significant consequences for digestive processes and energy gain in Svalbard reindeer, concludes UNIS PhD candidate Vebjørn Veiberg in his thesis. He will be defending his thesis on patterns, causes and consequences of tooth wear of the Svalbard reindeer on 21 September 2007 at the University of Oslo.

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Sep
03

UNIS and AWI sign cooperative agreement

3 September 2007

In connection with the visit of the Norwegian and German foreign ministers to Svalbard last week, UNIS and the German research organization Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in Polar sciences.

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Jul
12

Fencing in on climate issues

12 July 2007

Climate change may bring more snow in the winter on Svalbard. Can the plants that thrive in the current harsh Arctic climate survive such a development? UNIS biologist Elisabeth Cooper hopes to find the answer – with the help of snow fences.

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