Research

Feb
16

A force more deadly than polar bears

16 February 2017

You might think that polar bears – and the potential for attack – are the biggest danger the Norwegian island archipelago of Svalbard. But avalanches kill far more people on Svalbard than polar bears ever have.

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Feb
15

Tunabreen may be surging decades earlier than expected

15 February 2017

Tunabreen, the iconic glacier in Tempelfjorden, is well-known to residents of Svalbard and the throngs of tourists that visit each year. The last known surge of Tunabreen was in 2004 and scientists have believed that the glacier has a 35–40 year surge interval, suggesting a new surge around year 2040. However, new satellite imagery suggests that Tunabreen is starting to surge now, decades earlier than expected.

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Feb
10

Crushing ice to save platforms

10 February 2017

It’s been a warm winter on Svalbard this year. But this doesn’t apply to the UNIS laboratory where Niek Heijkoop works. There it’s a stable -10° Celsius.

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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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Jan
10

Research and education strategy for Svalbard underway

10 January 2017

The Ministry of Education and Research has commissioned the Research Council of Norway to provide input on an overall strategy for research and higher education in Svalbard. The process will be inclusive and broad-based and UNIS will assist in the work on the education strategy.

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Jan
06

Icebergs in broken sea ice

6 January 2017

Drifting icebergs can be a serious threat to Arctic and subarctic offshore activities. PhD candidate Renat Yulmetov analysed the drift of icebergs in broken sea ice and investigated the possibility of iceberg towing in sea ice to protect offshore structures. Yulmetov will defend his PhD thesis on 12 January 2017 at UNIS.

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Dec
29

2016 in snapshots

29 December 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we would like to share some glimpses of fieldwork and student life from the past year with you. We wish you a wonderful 2017!

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Dec
13

Temperature variations and trends at 90 km height in the Arctic atmosphere

13 December 2016

Silje Eriksen Holmen has investigated temperatures in the middle atmosphere (the mesosphere) over Longyearbyen and Tromsø and has found that temperature varies periodically according to atmospheric wind patterns and waves. Holmen will defend her PhD thesis at UNIS on 19 December 2016.

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