The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen at 78º N. We provide research-based education of the next generation of Arctic experts in biology, geology, geophysics and technology.

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Cold, but not cold enough!

21 March 2019 This Svalbard winter has been cold, but still the mean air temperature in January and February has been above normal. March has started off cold and is so far below the monthly standard, but Adventfjorden is still without sea ice. So what is the sea temperature now?

Autumn courses 2019 open for application

18 March 2019 Apply now for UNIS autumn semester courses! The application deadline is 15 April 2019.

Algae – the foundation of life

15 March 2019 Due to all the ongoing and predicted climate changes it is obvious that primary productivity in the Arctic is going to change – but still, there is very little reliable information available on the subject. PhD candidate Ane Cecilie Kvernvik has studied single-celled sea ice algae in Svalbard.

Svalbard at the centre of a giant rocket project

22 February 2019 UNIS and UiO want to find answers to a number of questions related to the energy transport through the polar atmosphere. In a giant research project, the “Grand Challenge Initiative – Cusp” (GCI-Cusp) with twelve rocket launches, researchers aim to solve some of the puzzles.

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The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

UNIS is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen, at the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard (78º N). UNIS offers high quality courses at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level in Arctic Biology, Arctic Geology, Arctic Geophysics and Arctic Technology.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre:

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