Arctic Geophysics

Dec
14

Green light for the Nansen Legacy

14 December 2017

The Norwegian Research Council has approved the research application for the Nansen Legacy (Arven etter Nansen). The first research cruise will take place from 19 July 2018 with the new research vessel “Kronprins Haakon”.

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Oct
20

Cruising Isfjorden – RV Lance’s last research cruise

20 October 2017

13 students from the course AGF-214 Polar Ocean Climate recently spent a week on board RV Lance together with lecturers, researchers and technicians from UNIS. The research cruise was Lance’s last cruise before she was taken out of the Norwegian Polar Institute’s service.

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Sep
20

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.

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Sep
11

Apply for spring courses now

11 September 2017

Application is now open for UNIS spring courses. The application deadline is 15 October 2017.

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May
10

Heating and vertical winds in dayside Aurora

10 May 2017

Åsmund Skjæveland has studied the details of the atmospheric mechanisms that take the energy from the northern lights and create warm and vertical winds. Skjæveland will defend his PhD thesis on Friday 12 May at the University of Oslo.

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Apr
22

March for Science Longyearbyen: A big success!

22 April 2017

Today Longyearbyen marched for science. About 110 people gathered to march for science, not silence.

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Mar
16

How much do YOU contribute to the melting of sea ice in the Arctic?

16 March 2017

The amount of Arctic sea ice in summer decreases every year. How much do you and I contribute to this? How much does a roundtrip by airplane to Oslo or the running of the Longyearbyen power plant contribute to the melting each year?

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Feb
24

A dynamic study of the ionospheric footprint of the cusp/cleft over Svalbard

24 February 2017

The Earth’s cusp region is believed to be the main place of transport of the magnetosheath plasma into the ionosphere. PhD candidate Xiangcai Chen has analysed a long-term ground-based optical aurora and SuperDARN HF radar data over Svalbard to further understand the dynamics of the reconnection plasma process in the cusp region. Xiangcai will defend his PhD thesis at UNIS on 28 February.

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Feb
15

Tunabreen may be surging decades earlier than expected

15 February 2017

Tunabreen, the iconic glacier in Tempelfjorden, is well-known to residents of Svalbard and the throngs of tourists that visit each year. The last known surge of Tunabreen was in 2004 and scientists have believed that the glacier has a 35–40 year surge interval, suggesting a new surge around year 2040. However, new satellite imagery suggests that Tunabreen is starting to surge now, decades earlier than expected.

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