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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Svalbard reindeer graze on seaweed in tough winters

25 April 2019 A new study reveals that the Svalbard reindeer turn to alternative food sources in tough winters, when the tundra get glazed over by ice. New research shows that the reindeer find alternative food along the shoreline, in form of kelp and seaweed.

Gas hydrates in Svalbard

15 April 2019 The cold of Norway’s High Arctic may just be cold enough to push natural gas into a different phase; one where natural gas combines with a cage of water molecules to form a hydrate structure.

Here are our excellent teaching practitioners

8 April 2019 Pernille Bronken Eidesen (UNIS) and Christian Jørgensen (UiB) both receive the status of excellent teaching practitioners. Eidesen says it is a great honour to become an excellent teacher, and she feels a collegial responsibility.

Cold, but not cold enough!

22 March 2019 The frost smoke has been hovering above Adventfjorden the past few weeks, but still the fjord is without an ice cover. So what is the sea temperature now?
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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.
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New research shows that the reindeer find alternative food along the shoreline, in form of kelp and seaweed.
New study by NTNU - Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (the Norwegian University of Science and Technology), UNIS, UAA: University of Alaska Anchorage, Aarhus Universitet (Aarhus University) and Norsk Polarinstitutt (the Norwegian Polar Institute) :

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