Projects

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
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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Apr
27

FAABulous fieldwork in Van Mijenfjorden

27 April 2017

The FAABulous project is having a two-week sea ice campaign in Van Mijenfjorden. The aim of the project is to get a better understanding of how Arctic algae blooms will respond to the severe environmental changes.

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Jan
31

Will there be ice on the Svalbard fjords this winter?

31 January 2017

Last winter we had record-low amount of fjord ice here in Svalbard and the following autumn was unusually warm. But these last few months have been relatively cold. Can we anticipate ice on the fjords this winter? The answer is yes – and no.

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Jan
16

About bamboo, ghost shrimps and a changing Arctic

16 January 2017

Now in the midst of the dark period, it may be appropriate to ask what we really know about life in the north and whether we have enough knowledge to manage resources and waters in a good way. For example, what do we know about bamboo and ghost shrimps on Svalbard?

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Nov
21

New UNIS weather station – now in the sea!

21 November 2016

UNIS has recently deployed a new underwater measurement station in Isfjorden. Now everyone can monitor the temperature, currents, tides and biological activity via the internet.

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Oct
19

SuperDARN officially opened

19 October 2016

Norway’s first SuperDARN radar was officially opened today. From now on data from the radar, which signals reach well over the North Pole, will be available to the rest of the world.

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Nov
25

Funding for new Arctic Safety Centre

25 November 2015

UNIS will receive NOK 7 million over the next three years to establish a new centre for Arctic Safety in Longyearbyen. –This is a huge recognition of the UNIS safety management developed over the years, says director of HSE and safety Fred Skancke Hansen.

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Nov
08

UNIS part of new centre for excellence in education: bioCEED

8 November 2013

Today it was announced that bioCEED – Centre for excellence in biology education, is one of three centres getting funding from the Research Council of Norway. The centre is led by the department of biology at the University of Bergen, in collaboration with the department of Arctic Biology at UNIS, department of Education (UiB) and the Institute of Marine Research.

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