Despite the harsh winter, the population of Svalbard reindeer seems to be in relatively good condition, at least compared to the catastrophic winter of 2007-08 according to fieldwork observations in February.
Observations of airglow and meteors above Svalbard reveal important information about the weather- and climate changes in the upper part of the atmosphere, according to Margit Dyrland’s PhD research. Dyrland will defend her thesis at UNIS on Thursday February 25.
Climate-related emissions in Svalbard are increasing, according to a new report. New data show that the major sources of emissions are coal-based energy production and ship traffic in and around the archipelago.
How much pesticide have you used to kill termites at your home in Longyearbyen? While this question might seem silly, the fact is that several types of pesticides are found in Svalbard. But why? Scientists from UNIS and NPI have investigated the matter and found an answer.
The polar bear jawbone discovered at Prins Karls Forland during a UNIS course excursion in 2004, is now confirmed to be the oldest remains of a polar bear ever found. Dating of the Svalbard fossil suggests it is between 130-110 000 years old.