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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
27 July 2010
The solar eclipse on 1 August 2008 had quite an impact on Svalbard, not only visually, but also meteorologically. The eclipse was the cause of a three day fog so thick that all air-traffic to and from Svalbard was grounded, according to an article recently published in Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics.