24 October 2014
The first blue mussels discovered in Svalbard in modern times turned up in 2004. Blue mussels have been able to live so far north in prehistoric times, when the climate was much warmer than today. With the gradually warming Arctic of present day, it was no surprise that mussels were found a decade ago.
7 October 2014
This autumn, six moorings were placed around Svalbard to measure ocean bottom pressures at the sea floor. The measurement will give us the weight of the water column above the sea floor and we can calculate ocean currents between the moorings.
2 October 2014
On 4 July, a large international expedition of scientists including UNIS students and staff set sail from Tromsø towards the East Siberian Arctic Ocean. The expedition is part of a Swedish-Russian-US collaborative research program to study the linkages between Climate, Cryosphere and Carbon cycle.
19 September 2014
In August, a UNIS team travelled 750 km northwest from Longyearbyen to Station Nord at 81°36’ N in Greenland. The team’s mission was to drill two permafrost boreholes, as part of establishing permafrost monitoring at the new Villum Research Station.
6 June 2014
Norway’s first ever international SuperDARN workshop was arranged in late May. Almost 50 scientists from 11 countries met in Longyearbyen to discuss upper atmospheric and auroral research, facilitating research collaboration on a global scale.