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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.