News 2010

Dec
20

Biodiversity in the Arctic

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.

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Dec
17

UNIS part of new center for research-based innovation

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.

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Dec
14

Aurora rocket launched

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).

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Dec
08

Sea ice action on coastal infrastructures

8 December 2010

PhD candidate Fabrice Caline built a 50 meter long breakwater in Svea to study the action of sea ice on coastal infrastructures.

Caline will defend his PhD thesis on December 10 at UNIS.

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Nov
26

Shimmering cold and bright

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.

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Nov
19

Kick-off for Svalbard Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS)

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.

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Nov
10

New red list for Svalbard vascular plants

10 November 2010

UNIS biologists have had a strong focus on rare plant species during field work over the last few years. The increased knowledge has resulted in several changes in the red list status for vascular plants in Svalbard.

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Oct
18

Hot n’ cold

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.

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Aug
01

Creepy crawlies on Svalbard; unseen and often forgotten

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.

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