20 December 2010
More than 10.000 marine species live in the European oceans. But there is no comprehensive pattern of relationship between latitude and marine fauna biodiversity. More coordinated research efforts are needed to fully understand the marine biodiversity and develop proper management mechanisms, according to a recently published paper.
17 December 2010
The Research Council of Norway has awarded 10 million NOK annually over the next eight years to a new center for research-based innovation which is headed by NTNU and where UNIS is a vital partner. – This center will make UNIS a stronger scientific node in an area that is vital for the future business development in the Barents Sea, says UNIS director Gunnar Sand.
14 December 2010
The RENU rocket was launched in the early morning hours of December 12, just before the two-week launch window was over.
– We are satisfied with the campaign and look forward to analyze the data collected during the rocket flight, says professor Fred Sigernes, head of the UNIS aurora observatory (KHO).
26 November 2010
The students attending the UNIS course “Polar Magnetospheric Substorms” hit jackpot during their fieldwork the other week. The Aurora Borealis put on a spectacular sky show for the students, who are at UNIS to learn more about the northern lights.
19 November 2010
The Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) is now underway. The EU has funded 4 million Euros for the preparatory phase, which officially kicked off in October. UNIS is one of the key partners in this project, in charge of the future SIOS Knowledge centre.
18 October 2010
Svalbard plants have precious little time to grow and reproduce during the short and cold summer season. Survival strategies include color, as colorful flowers are believed to be warmer and be more attractive to insects to secure pollination. But how come is 48 % of the Svalbard flora white? A PhD project aims at finding the answer.
1 August 2010
When thinking of animals in Svalbard perhaps the first to spring to mind are the ‘cuddly’ ones, the polar bear, reindeer, fox or perhaps the sea birds. But, whereas there are three species of terrestrial mammal on Svalbard and only 28 species of birds breed regularly on the archipelago, there are over 1,100 species of terrestrial or freshwater invertebrate! And this is only a start.