News 2008

Aug
01

Solar eclipse action in Longyearbyen

1 August 2008

Today between 10:39 and 12:43, Longyearbyen was a perfect place to observe the sun disappear behind the moon. The sun was covered to 93% at the maximum at 11:41.

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Jul
22

Boot ’em up!

22 July 2008

Passengers arriving at Svalbard airport are frequently met by an industrious Australian that asks them to show him the sole of their boots. The passengers could be carriers of foreign seeds that might threaten the delicate balance of the Svalbard flora.

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Jul
07

Pioneer work on Kelvin waves

7 July 2008

UNIS master student Ragnhild Lundmark Daae has investigated the internal Kelvin waves in Kongsfjorden. The data shows that the topography of the fjord modifies the internal Kelvin waves, something which has not been studied in connection with Kelvin waves in Kongsfjorden before.

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Jun
27

Royal IPY visit

27 June 2008

HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway led the way when he, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden visited the Svalbard Science Center and UNIS today.

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Jun
23

A new glacier surge under way

23 June 2016

In April UNIS glaciologist Monica Sund discovered crevasses in the Comfortlessbreen. This can be the beginning of a surge, and Sund will now monitor the changes in the glacier to obtain more knowledge of the surge dynamics that we still know very little about.

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Jun
04

Large sea ice production affects the climate?

4 June 2008

Last winter there was a substantial amount of sea ice in Storfjorden on Svalbard, resulting in a cold and saline current that flowed out of the fjord. This event can have impact on the global sea currents and on the Arctic climate.

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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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Feb
05

Dissertation on zooplankton in Svalbard

5 February 2008

Research done by PhD candidate Malin Daase indicate that a warmer Arctic ocean will result in changes in the zooplankton populations, which will affect fish, bird and mammals that prey on these populations. Daase will defend her PhD thesis on 6 February 2008 at UNIS.

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