News 2008

Dec
09

SIAEOS is on the Roadmap

9 December 2008

The Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIAEOS) project has been accepted as part of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) updated Roadmap. SIAEOS has an investment budget of 400 million NOK and an annual operational budget of 70 million NOK.

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Dec
05

The rocket is launched!

5 December 2008

At 11:35 AM today the ICI-2 rocket was launched from Ny-Ålesund. The launch was a success, and the rocket reached a height of approximately 330 kilometers, before it landed in the ocean at 11:45 AM.

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Nov
27

Rocket Man

27 November 2008

Adjunct Professor Jøran Moen is about to send up 10 million NOK into the atmosphere. The rocket’s name is ICI-2 and its mission is to uncover more of the secrets of the Aurora Borealis. Why? Because the aurora can cause electronic communication systems to be wiped out.

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Oct
31

Life in the dark

31 October 2008

Until now scientists have believed that the marine life in the Polar Ocean is hibernating through the long, Arctic night. Recent research shows evidence to the contrary. – This knowledge may even impact our understanding of the exchange of climate gasses between the ocean and the atmosphere, says UNIS Professor Jørgen Berge.

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Oct
03

UNIS takes over SPEAR

3 October 2008

Last week UNIS officially took over the SPEAR radar system on Breinosa from the University of Leicester.

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Sep
30

Effects of climate change on the Arctic marine fauna

30 September 2008

UNIS scientists have examined the marine ecosystems of the Svalbard fjords and found several exiting results which can be directly linked to the climate changes in the Arctic.

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Sep
18

Gathering precious seeds

18 September 2008

This fall UNIS botanist Inger Greve Alsos and colleagues, students, and locals have gathered seeds from the Svalbard flora. These seeds will be the first non-nutrition seeds to be stored in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

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Sep
04

Coal formation on Svalbard 60 million years ago

4 September 2008

In a new PhD thesis Charlotta J. Lüthje investigates how the coal layers in Svalbard were formed some 60 million years ago. Her results shed new light on the formation process. Lüthje will defend her thesis on Monday 8 September at UNIS.

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Aug
20

Awarded King’s gold medal for PhD thesis

20 August 2008

UNIS associate professor Pernille Bronken Eidesen has been awarded His Majesty the King’s Gold Medal for her PhD thesis on Arctic-Alpine plants, which she defended at the University of Oslo (UiO) last December. Eidesen will receive the honors on September 2, 2008.

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