News 2013

Aug
29

Arctic zooplankton can adapt to a changing Arctic climate

29 August 2013

Lauris Boissonnot studied the effects of an earlier sea ice retreat on the key Arctic zooplankter Calanus glacialis. Her master thesis reveals that the species is able to adapt to a changing climate.

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Aug
05

The CO2 detective

5 August 2013

Are the plants and soil in Adventdalen absorbing more CO2 than they are emitting into the atmosphere? Stefano Ponti (23) from Italy investigates the matter every day this summer.

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Jul
30

New knowledge about permafrost improving climate models

30 July 2013

New findings from the Centre for Permafrost, CENPERM, document that permafrost during thawing may result in a substantial release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and that the future water content primarily controlled by the permafrost ice content is crucial to predict the effect of permafrost thawing. The findings may lead to more accurate climate models in the future.

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Jul
26

Arctic hitchhikers

26 July 2013

A novel study is investigating the potential for non-native organisms to “hitchhike” with marine vessels and invade Svalbard waters. The results will have impact on the future management regime for the marine environment of the High Arctic.

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Jun
19

Snow distribution in Central Spitsbergen

19 June 2013

MSc student Wesley R. Farnsworth has studied snow distribution around central Spitsbergen, improving the understanding of snow stability and potential snow avalanche trigger locations and how snow distribution influences ground temperatures and periglacial landform dynamics around Longyearbyen.

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Jun
14

High level visit from India

14 June 2013

Wednesday the Indian and Norwegian foreign ministers visited UNIS where they met our four Indian PhD candidates. – It is important to further develop the collaboration between Indian and Norwegian universities, said Mr. Salman Khurshid, the foreign minister of India.

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May
30

UNIS partner in new Arctic petroleum centre

30 May 2013

The Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced yesterday the establishment of the new Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration (ARCEx). UNIS is partner in ARCEx which will acquire new knowledge about the petroleum resources in the Arctic and environmentally-friendly exploration techniques.

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May
29

IPCC chair visits UNIS

29 May 2013

Mr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, chairperson of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), visited UNIS on 28 May to learn more about our studies and research.

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May
13

Coastal erosion study at Fredheim

13 May 2013

MSc student Evangeline Sessford has studied coastal erosion in Spitsbergen, and one of the study sites was Fredheim in Tempelfjorden. Various mitigation techniques for the cultural heritage at Fredheim have been reviewed resulting in suggestions to protect the coast rather than move the buildings or let nature run its course.

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