Arctic Geophysics

Apr
25

Northern lights glimmer with unexpected trait

25 April 2008

UNIS aurora scientists Dag A. Lorentzen and Fred Sigernes have, together with an international team of scientists, detected that some of the glow of Earth’s aurora is polarized, an unexpected state for such emissions.

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Feb
20

Cool opening of the Kjell Henriksen Observatory

20 February 2008

The opening of UNIS’ brand new aurora observatory was celebrated over two days in Longyearbyen. On Monday afternoon the Minister of Research and Higher Education officially opened the Kjell Henriksen Observatory, in minus 35 degrees Celsius up on Breinosa.

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Jan
30

Space suitcase to the Longyearbyen school

30 January 2008

Five pupils at the Longyearbyen high school got their own space science suitcase at UNIS yesterday with instruments to observe the sun, to photograph the Aurora, and monitor cosmic radiation.

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Jun
01

Explaining the intrusion of warm water in West Spitsbergen fjords

1 June 2007

During the winter 2005/06, periods of sustained northerly winds generated cross-shelf exchange causing extensive flooding of the coastal waters with warm Atlantic Water from the West Spitsbergen Current (the last leg of the Gulf Current system). The seawater winter temperature of the West Spitsbergen Shelf and fjords reverted to that typically of fall, interrupting the normal cycle of ice formation in the region.

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May
11

Warmer Gulf Stream waters melt fjord ice on Svalbard

11 May 2007

For the first time the warm West-Spitsbergen current is appearing near the surface at 79° N. This means that the fjord ice on Svalbard is disappearing at great speed. The observations were made at a recent UNIS geophysics cruise.

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Mar
01

The IPY is here!

1 March 2007

UNIS celebrated the opening of the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-08 from early morning until late evening, with seminars, speeches and artwork.

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