11 December 2009
Lene Kristensen’s PhD work has been on the surging glacier Paulabreen in inner Van Mijen fjorden. Kristensen captured the progress of the surge on camera, and it is the first time image documentation of an ongoing glacier surge has been recorded. She will defend her PhD thesis on 14 December at UNIS.
1 December 2009
Longyearbyen CO2 lab finalized the drilling operations of drill hole 4 last Friday, reaching a depth of 969, 8 meters. A reservoir of porous sandstones has been identified and injectivity proven. Director of UNIS, Gunnar Sand, says that the path now is open to demonstrate the carbon capture and storage value chain in Longyearbyen.
17 November 2009
Glaciers’ inner hydrological systems remain largely unknown, so speleological work delivers precious information and helps creating 3-dimensional maps of glacier englacial and subglacial drainage system. Jason Gulley reports on his work in glacier caves in Svalbard.
29 October 2009
This summer UNIS botanist Inger Greve Alsos and colleagues have collected samples from all the Svalbard plant species. Now these samples will be DNA analysed, or “barcoded” and recorded in an international DNA database. – It’s very important that all Svalbard plant species are included so they can be incorporated in future studies of biodiversity and taxonomy, Alsos says.
12 October 2009
Chris Ware was interested in determining the risk of plant introduction into Svalbard, as a consequence of an increase in the visitation rate to the archipelago. The results show that foreign species indeed can be introduced by something as innocent as our footwear.
23 September 2009
For the first time satellite technology has been incorporated in monitoring of changes in different permafrost landforms. The PERMASAR project can give additional valuable information about the rate of permafrost landform activity in Svalbard.
23 July 2009
For the first time a team of UNIS scientists and students have been able to collect ice-, water and plankton samples through a full year to study the wintertime marine ecology in Svalbard. The data will be important in predicting future climate changes in marine productivity and behavior as a response to the thinning and withdrawal of Arctic sea ice.