17 September 2015
The steep, rugged mountains of northwestern Svalbard are much older than previously assumed and not the product of the latest ice age erosions. Instead, new findings by UNIS scientists indicate these mountains were formed much earlier and were protected by a glacial armour for the past one million years. This turns current knowledge about alpine topography development on its head.
24 August 2015
The deep freeze of the Earth some 650 million years ago was not total. New research by UNIS professor Doug Benn and an international team shows that the climate was sensitive to variations in the Earth’s orbit around the sun, resulting in cycles of ice sheet retreat and allowing lakes to form, rivers to flow, and simple microbial life to flourish.
21 August 2015
During the last 132,000 years, the Arctic climate varied significantly and this was closely related to the strength and variability in the inflow of Atlantic Water to the Arctic. This emphasizes the importance of considering regional environmental parameters and feedback mechanisms in reconstructions of the past climate, according to a new PhD thesis by Teena Chauhan. The thesis will be defended at UNIS on Thursday 27 August 2015.
5 November 2014
Once upon a time a dinosaur wandered along the beach in Kvalvågen, on the eastern side of Spitsbergen. Some 125 million years later scientists from Oslo, Alaska and UNIS mapped these footprints – the northernmost dinosaur tracks discovered in the world to date.
19 September 2014
In August, a UNIS team travelled 750 km northwest from Longyearbyen to Station Nord at 81°36’ N in Greenland. The team’s mission was to drill two permafrost boreholes, as part of establishing permafrost monitoring at the new Villum Research Station.
13 December 2013
UNIS external PhD candidate Kim Senger will defend his PhD thesis entitled “Impact of Geological Heterogeneity on CO2 sequestration: from outcrop to simulator” at the University of Bergen on 16 December 2013.