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.

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.

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.

Glacier detective Lis is the winner!

7 June 2017 Lis Allaart is this year's winner of 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Zooplankton migration patterns in the Polar night

5 May 2017 Why do zooplankton migrate up and down the water column during Arctic dark season when there is apparently constant darkness? PhD candidate Julie Cornelius Grenvald has examined the Diel Vertical Migration (DVM) of zooplankton during the polar night and reveals several and complex migration patterns. Grenvald will defend her thesis on 9 May at the University of Tromsø.