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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Two peculiar acquaintances from the Svalbard fjords

28 September 2017 Around the coast of Svalbard we find many exciting animals in the sea. Few are as strange as the two fish you will meet here. Perhaps they are facing an uncertain future?

Effects of sea ice on Arctic shrub growth: The importance of biotic interactions

22 September 2017 Across the Arctic tundra increased plant productivity has been associated with the accelerating retreat of the Arctic sea ice, due to warmer climate. However, emerging studies document opposite effects, showing a more complex relationship between the shrinking sea ice and terrestrial plant growth.

Aurora forecast in 3D!

20 September 2017 The Aurora Forecast 3D app is released just in time for the dark season. It forecasts the aurora oval up to +0, +1, and +4 hours ahead in time at any location on the planet using a 3D graphical layout.

Glacier dynamics in Svalbard fjords

12 September 2017 Anne Elina Flink has studied marine terminating Svalbard glaciers and the traces they have left in the geological record. Flink will defend her PhD thesis on Tuesday 19 September at UNIS.
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Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: