News 2009

Dec
11

Dissertation on the Paulabreen glacier surge

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.

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Dec
01

The end of the drilling

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.

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Nov
17

3-D mapping of Svalbard glacier caves

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.

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Oct
29

“Fingerprinting” all Svalbard plants

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.

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Oct
12

Beware what’s hiding under your boots

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.

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Sep
23

Satellites monitor the permafrost landforms in Svalbard

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.

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Sep
02

UN Secretary-General visits UNIS

2 September 2009

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, visited UNIS today after seeing for himself the melting ice in the waters north of Svalbard. – I am troubled and alarmed by what I have seen, he said while visiting UNIS.

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Aug
05

A ”plum” discovery in Svea

5 August 2009

A UNIS master student made an unusual find the other day in Svea, the mining settlement south of Longyearbyen. Just outside the mess hall she discovered two small trees, and it turns out they are tiny plum trees!

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Jul
23

Unique data collection throughout the Arctic year

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.

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