Research cruise with the coast guard ship KV Svalbard

19 March 2017 This week, the marine biologists of the FAABulous project (Future Arctic Algae Blooms – and their role in the context of climate change) have been on a research cruise with the coast guard ship KV Svalbard to Van Mijenfjorden.

How much do YOU contribute to the melting of sea ice in the Arctic?

16 March 2017 The amount of Arctic sea ice in summer decreases every year. How much do you and I contribute to this? How much does a roundtrip by airplane to Oslo or the running of the Longyearbyen power plant contribute to the melting each year?

Glaciology students on field trip

3 March 2017 Our master and PhD students in glaciology had a great field trip to Tunabreen earlier this week. The lack of sea ice caused a long detour to reach the glacier, but we believe it was worth it when we see these pictures.

A dynamic study of the ionospheric footprint of the cusp/cleft over Svalbard

24 February 2017 The Earth’s cusp region is believed to be the main place of transport of the magnetosheath plasma into the ionosphere. PhD candidate Xiangcai Chen has analysed a long-term ground-based optical aurora and SuperDARN HF radar data over Svalbard to further understand the dynamics of the reconnection plasma process in the cusp region. Xiangcai will defend his PhD thesis at UNIS on 28 February.

Autumn courses 2017 open for application

23 February 2017 Apply now for UNIS autumn semester courses! The application deadline is 15 April 2017.

Avalanche in Longyearbyen 21 February 2017

21 January 2017 Just before noon on Tuesday 21 February 2017 an avalanche destroyed two apartment buildings in the middle of Longyearbyen. No one was injured in the avalanche, but parts of the town are now under evacuation.

Internal investigation of boat incident concluded

17 February 2017 The internal investigation into the boat incident on 27 January 2017 is now concluded and the investigation group has delivered their report to the UNIS director.

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.

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.

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.