News 2017

Jul
21

Linking plant nutrient dynamics and ecosystem processes in a warmer Arctic

21 July 2017

What effect will a warming climate have on plants in Svalbard? What about the increase of pink-footed goose population due to recent climate changes? Will a heated and more grazed Arctic mean more carbon emission or the opposite? UNIS PhD candidate Matteo Petit Bon aims at finding out.

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Jun
29

Funding secured for SIOS infrastructure development

29 June 2017

The Research Council of Norway has singled the out the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System – Infrastructure development of the Norwegian node (SIOS-InfraNor) project for funding.

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Jun
09

UNIS teachers awarded the The Joanna Renc-Roe Award

9 June 2017

Chris Borstad, Mads Forchhammer and Tove M. Gabrielsen from UNIS was awarded The Joanna Renc-Roe Award – for pushing the boundaries of SoTL  at the 2nd EuroSoTL conference, 8-9 June 2017,  in Lund, Sweden.

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Jun
07

Glacier detective Lis is the winner!

7 June 2017

Lis Allaart is this year’s winner of geoforskning.no dissemination competition with her contribution as “glacier detective”. The winning contribution, “What happened to the glacier?”, is based on the master’s thesis she completed at UNIS in 2016.

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Jun
06

The Green Arctic – Plants as cornerstones in terrestrial ecosystems

6 June 2017

Much of Svalbard is an arctic desert, but this land has also green spots. The plants are crucially important for the successful functioning of the entire land-based system. Without them, there would be no reindeer, no ptarmigan, no geese. In our research, we focus on these green “cornerstones” and factors that could alter their resilience and function.

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May
24

UNIS Annual Report 2016

24 May 2017

In 2016, a total of 759 students from 43 countries took courses at UNIS, which represents an increase of 69 students compared to 2015. A total of 48 guest Master’s students worked on UNIS-related Master’s theses during the year.

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May
19

Cruising in Svalbard: A student perspective

19 May 2017

For the second time in a mere two months, UNIS students were able to join a FAABulous and IMOS research cruise across Isfjorden and towards Van Mijenfjorden on the coast guard vessel KV Svalbard. Read their account here.

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May
10

Heating and vertical winds in dayside Aurora

10 May 2017

Åsmund Skjæveland has studied the details of the atmospheric mechanisms that take the energy from the northern lights and create warm and vertical winds. Skjæveland will defend his PhD thesis on Friday 12 May at the University of Oslo.

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May
09

Field trip with atmospheric pollution students

9 May 2017

The students in the UNIS atmospheric pollution course went on field trips to measure the impact of black carbon on the snow albedo. With the scooter season coming to an end, this was probably one of the last UNIS field excursions by scooter. Despite challenging driving conditions, all the sampling destinations were reached safe and dry so that we could take these amazing pictures!

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