First-ever Hyperspectral Images of Earth’s Auroras: New camera provides tantalizing clues of new atmospheric phenomenon
29 November 2012
The staff at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory, together with colleagues from Russia, Ukraine and Canada, has for the first time imaged Earth’s auroras with unprecedented clarity – simultaneously capturing multiple spectral bands of light at once.
26 November 2012
The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and UNIS enter a formal agreement of cooperation this week. Tomorrow the IMR will open its new office in the Svalbard Science Centre. – This will open up new possibilities for us, says UNIS director Ole Arve Misund.
12 November 2012
UNIS is partner in a new Norwegian Center of Excellence (SFF centres) led by the Birkeland Center for Space Science in Bergen. The centre will receive NOK 16 million per year for up to ten years. – This is a testimony to the excellent work done by our space physics research group, says UNIS director Ole Arve Misund.
12 September 2012
Recent data show a historical and dramatic decline in the Arctic summer sea ice extent. This has believed to be bad news for marine organisms living under the ice. But new research show that perhaps some of the species actually have adapted to minimal ice cover in summer. The scientists call their hypothesis the “Nemo hypothesis”.
6 September 2012
Never heard of glacier mice? Actually, they are small moss balls forming on glacier surfaces. New research by UNIS and Nottingham Trent University shows that there is “hopping” life in these fluffy balls. Invertebrates such as springtails and water bears literally thrive (and survive) in this ice-cold environment.
23 August 2012
A new study based on a 30-year period show that the ocean floor communities of both Kongsfjorden and Smeerenburgfjorden have changed dramatically. Existing organisms are replaced by warmth- and light-loving species. – A biological tipping point, according to the authors.
20 August 2012
The Auroral forecast at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory is now available for all smart phone platforms including Android, iPhone and Windows. The apps were released on Andøya Rocket Range 50 years anniversary, to honor their contribution to space physics and cooperation with UNIS.