6 July 2012
Calanus glacialis (Arctic feed) is a copepod species considered to be a key element in the Arctic ecosystem. It contains up to 80 % fat, but that’s not why we compare it to the avocado. Both the copepod and the avocado might be regarded as biological anachronisms; adapted to an environment that no longer exists.
18 June 2012
There are over 500 species of insect, mite and other creepy crawly recorded from Svalbard. They play a vital role in the ecosystem, and it is therefore important to understand the biodiversity present in Svalbard so as to better understand ecosystem function and provide a baseline for future environmental change studies.
18 May 2012
Sea ice is the main challenge to the development of oil and gas industries and the exploitation of these resources in the High Arctic. Ships and safe structures should be designed by taking into account sea ice concentration, thickness and strength. Lucie Strub-Klein has studied level ice and sea ice ridges and will defend her PhD thesis on 22 May at UNIS.
4 May 2012
UNIS researchers have recorded large amounts of Norwegian spring spawning herring in Adventfjorden and Isfjorden. This represents the northernmost mass-occurrence of herring, and a significant extension of its northern distribution limits.
30 April 2012
A warmer ocean climate has resulted in Atlantic cod and haddock extending further into Arctic waters, presenting a potential threat to the native polar cod which is an important part of the high Arctic ecosystem. However, a new study by scientists in Svalbard and Tromsø reveals there is little competition for food between the invaders and the polar cod.
16 January 2012
New research shows that a warmer climate will have quite different consequences for plant species in the Arctic. While most species are expected to lose part of their current habitat, the genetic consequences will differ markedly among species. The research results will have major impact on future conservation efforts.
9 January 2012
Another zooplankton research project has received millions in funding from the Research Council of Norway. The three-year project CLEOPATRA II will study the copepod Calanus glacialis, a key Arctic grazer in the seasonal ice covered seas.