News 2013

May
10

UNIS CO2 Lab: Large reservoir identified

10 May 2013

After several water injection tests at the lab site in Adventdalen, the scientists in the UNIS CO2 Lab have concluded that there is a substantial reservoir in the bedrock for CO2 deposit. Now the research company wants to inject CO2 into the reservoir to test it further.

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Mar
06

Reveals more of Svalbard’s glacial history

6 March 2013

Endre Før Gjermundsen’s doctoral research shows that the ice cover over Svalbard during the last ice age started melting far earlier and the melt period lasted longer than previously assumed. Gjermundsen will defend his PhD thesis on 8 March in Oslo.

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Feb
05

H.M. Queen Sonja visited the KHO

5 February 2013

Her Majesty Queen Sonja of Norway visited our auroral station, the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO), on Friday 1 February. Together with the Governor of Svalbard she got an introduction to the aurora science performed at KHO.

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Jan
29

The POP-hunt – a bit like CSI

29 January 2013

UNIS staff wanted to investigate how much of pesticides and other pollutants (POPs) are present in the Svalbard reindeer. At the same time they wanted to show pupils at the local school how scientists are working and hopefully kindle their interest in subjects related to environmental issues, such as chemistry.

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Jan
12

Snow avalanches in Central Svalbard

12 January 2013

PhD candidate Markus Eckerstorfer has conducted frequent snow avalanche field-based monitoring in the Longyearbyen area to identify most common avalanche types and snow climate. His study will contribute to the establishment of observation routines and computer models for future warning. Eckerstorfer will defend his PhD thesis on 16 January at UNIS.

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Jan
04

Warm water dominates Svalbard fjords

4 January 2013

Seawater temperature measured from December 2011 to December 2012 shows that warm water still dominates Svalbard fjords. This is of vital importance for the sea ice cover this winter. Measurements done continuously in Adventfjorden and Billefjorden monitor the development in the water column and the hitherto unknown biological activity in the Polar night.

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