Arctic Geophysics

Nov
29

First-ever Hyperspectral Images of Earth’s Auroras: New camera provides tantalizing clues of new atmospheric phenomenon

29 November 2012

The staff at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory, together with colleagues from Russia, Ukraine and Canada, has for the first time imaged Earth’s auroras with unprecedented clarity – simultaneously capturing multiple spectral bands of light at once.

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Nov
12

UNIS partner in a new Norwegian Centre of Excellence (SFF)

12 November 2012

UNIS is partner in a new Norwegian Center of Excellence (SFF centres) led by the Birkeland Center for Space Science in Bergen. The centre will receive NOK 16 million per year for up to ten years. – This is a testimony to the excellent work done by our space physics research group, says UNIS director Ole Arve Misund.

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Aug
20

The Auroral Forecast goes public

20 August 2012

The Auroral forecast at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory is now available for all smart phone platforms including Android, iPhone and Windows. The apps were released on Andøya Rocket Range 50 years anniversary, to honor their contribution to space physics and cooperation with UNIS.

 

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Nov
04

Warm water reappears in Spitsbergen fjords

4 November 2011

Oceanographic measurements along western Spitsbergen show that the warm water is back in the fjords. This is due to inflow of warm Atlantic water from the shelf outside the fjords, as a result of large production of sea ice in the fjords and along the shelf area last winter. So the prospect of solid fjord ice cover in winter 2012 is bleak, however, the wind climate over Svalbard will be the deciding factor for whether there will be ice or not.

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Sep
13

Arctic fjords: Challenging for weather prediction models

13 September 2011

Arctic fjords represent one of the most challenging environments in the world for weather prediction and climate models. PhD candidate Tiina Kilpeläinen has identified the main challenges for the weather prediction models. Kilpeläinen will defend her thesis on 15 September at UNIS.

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Sep
09

The auroral forecast goes mobile

9 September 2011

The auroral forecast operated as a service from the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO) is now available for mobile telephones (Android v 1.5 or higher).

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Jun
14

Vorticity waves and heat loss in the ocean outside Svalbard

14 June 2011

Sigurd Henrik Teigen has investigated heat loss processes in the West Spitsbergen Current outside Svalbard. Through idealized calculation models he has investigated the importance of flow instability for the cooling of the current. His study contributes to the quantification of the processes that modify the warm core of the current before it reaches the ice covered Polar Ocean.

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Dec
14

Aurora rocket launched

14 December 2010

The RENU rocket was launched in the early morning hours of December 12, just before the two-week launch window was over.

– We are satisfied with the campaign and look forward to analyze the data collected during the rocket flight, says professor Fred Sigernes, head of the UNIS aurora observatory (KHO).

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Nov
26

Shimmering cold and bright

26 November 2010

The students attending the UNIS course “Polar Magnetospheric Substorms” hit jackpot during their fieldwork the other week. The Aurora Borealis put on a spectacular sky show for the students, who are at UNIS to learn more about the northern lights.

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