Arctic Technology (AT)

The Arctic contains large quantities of biological and mineral resources of great commercial and scientific value. Sustainable industrial development and exploitation of biological and mineral resources requires tailored technology and expert knowledge of the region. Arctic technology involves upgrading of well proven technology to suit the Arctic climate or the development of completely different and specialized technology especially adapted to the harsh environmental conditions.

The AT courses offered at UNIS are especially designed for today’s Arctic technology challenges including priority aspects of climate change, as the courses have the advantage of being taught in an Arctic environment where this type of technology has been applied for many decades. At UNIS, students conduct field activities implemented in actual research projects.

Arctic Engineering

Knowledge of Arctic engineering technology is essential to provide sound design and construction recommendations both offshore and onshore in the Arctic. UNIS students can participate in infrastructure projects in Svalbard, as well as field studies of sea-ice properties in the adjacent seas. Studies on avalanches and slides in the mountains of Svalbard are integrated into the Arctic Technology course portfolio. Field investigations together with laboratory testing and numerical analysis create the basis for understanding thermo-mechanical properties and processes in snow, permafrost and ice. At UNIS, students will have an excellent opportunity to investigate, design and perform mitigation measures for infrastructures under a changing climate.

Recommended course combination:

Spring semester, bachelor students
AT-205 Frozen Ground Engineering for Arctic Infrastructures (15 ECTS)
AT-211 Ice Mechanics, Loads on Structures and Instrumentation (15 ECTS)

Recommended workload is 30 ECTS per semester.

Go to all Bachelor courses in Arctic Technology
Go to all Master/PhD courses in Arctic Technology

Arctic Environmental Technology

Present levels of pollutants, degradation processes, spreading mechanisms and environmental effects need to be well understood when designing efficient response strategies with the aim to reduce the environmental impacts. The department is specialized in various topics in environmental pollution, such as toxicology, fate and long-range transport of persistent organic pollutants and environmental risk assessment and modelling.

Bachelor Courses overview

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
AT-205 AT-205 Frozen Ground Engineering for Arctic Infrastructures (15 ECTS) Spring semester (January–May), annually January 8, 2020
AT-209 AT-209 Arctic Hydrology and Climate Change (15 ECTS) Autumn semester (August–November), annually. Cancelled in 2019.
AT-210 AT-210 Arctic Environmental Pollution (15 ECTS) Autumn semester (August–December), annually. Cancelled in 2019.
AT-211 AT-211 Ice Mechanics, Loads on Structures and Instrumentation (15 ECTS) Spring semester (January–June), annually. January 8, 2020

Master Courses overview

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
AT-301 AT-301 Arctic Infrastructures in a Changing Climate (10 ECTS) Autumn semester (August–September), annually. August 2, 2019
AT-307F AT-307F Arctic Offshore Engineering – Fieldwork (3 ECTS) Spring semester (March - April), annually. March 30, 2020
AT-324 AT-324 Techniques for the Detection of Organo-Chemical Pollutants in the Arctic Environment (10 ECTS) Spring semester (April–May), annually. April 15, 2020
AT-327 AT-327 Arctic Offshore Engineering (10 ECTS) Autumn semester (October), annually. October 7, 2019
AT-329 AT-329 Cold Region Field Investigations (10 ECTS) Spring semester (January–February), annually. Cancelled in 2020.
AT-330 AT-330 Arctic Environmental Toxicology (10 ECTS) Spring semester (February–April), annually. February 26, 2020
AT-331 AT-331 Arctic Environmental Pollution: Distribution and Processes (10 ECTS) Spring semester (January–February), annually. January 14, 2020
AT-332 AT-332 Physical Environmental Loads on Arctic Coastal and Offshore Structures (10 ECTS) Autumn semester (September–November), annually. September 23, 2019
AT-333 AT-333 Arctic Petroleum: Challenges for Society, Technology, and Environment (10 ECTS) Autumn semester (June–July), annually. June 24, 2019
AT-334 AT-334 Arctic Marine Measurements Techniques, Operations and Transport (10 ECTS) Autumn semester (August–September), annually. August 1, 2019

The Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering
This two-year master program, offered by Aalto University (Finland), Technical University of Denmark and NTNU (Norway), offers students  a unique possibility to do field work and projects in Greenland and/or at UNIS in Svalbard.
Application deadline: 1 March 2019.

Nordic Master in Cold Climate Engineering – application deadline 1 March 2019

PhD Courses

ID Course Name Duration Start Date
AT-801 AT-801 Arctic Infrastructures in a Changing Climate (10 ECTS) Autumn semester (August–September), annually. August 2, 2019
AT-807F AT-807F Arctic Offshore Engineering – Fieldwork (3 ECTS) Spring semester (March - April), annually. March 30, 2020
AT-824 AT-824 Techniques for the Detection of Organo-Chemical Pollutants in the Arctic Environment (10 ECTS) Spring semester (April–May), annually. April 15, 2020
AT-827 AT-827 Arctic Offshore Engineering (10 ECTS) Autumn semester (October), annually. October 7, 2019
AT-830 AT-830 Arctic Environmental Toxicology (10 ECTS) Spring semester (February–April), annually. February 26, 2020
AT-831 AT-831 Arctic Environmental Pollution: Distribution and Processes (10 ECTS) Spring semester (January–February), annually. January 14, 2020
AT-832 AT-832 Physical Environmental Loads on Arctic Coastal and Offshore Structures (10 ECTS) Autumn semester (September–November), annually. September 23, 2019
AT-833 AT-833 Arctic Petroleum: Challenges for Society, Technology, and Environment (10 ECTS) Autumn semester (June–July), annually. June 24, 2019
AT-834 AT-834 Arctic Marine Measurements Techniques, Operations and Transport (10 ECTS) Autumn semester (August–September), annually. August 1, 2019

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