News 2012

Jul
11

The snow, the aphid and climate change

11 July 2012

There are over 500 species of insect or mite or other creepy crawlies in Svalbard. Despite this large number of species it is clear that not all are found everywhere. The reason might be the weather conditions in winter.

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Jul
06

The avocado of the ocean

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.

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Jun
18

Insects in Svalbard: What is there and what do we know?

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.

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May
18

Increased knowledge about sea ice

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.

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May
04

Norwegian spring spawning herring extending into the Svalbard fjords

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.

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Apr
30

Polar and Atlantic cod share habitat, but not diet

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.

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Mar
12

Introducing Isohypsibius coulsoni

12 March 2012

Polish scientists have identified a new species of water bears in Svalbard and named it after Dr. Steve Coulson.

– I am ridiculously proud, says the UNIS  associate professor in terrestrial ecology.

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Jan
16

Arctic plants face an uncertain future

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.

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Jan
09

More millions for zooplankton research

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.

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