News 2014

Oct
24

Svalbard Blue mussels on the menu?

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.

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Oct
07

Investigating ocean currents top-down and bottom-up

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.

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Oct
02

Climate-Cryosphere-Carbon cruise 2014

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.

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Sep
25

The Icebound/Driftwood expedition to Kongsøya

25 September 2014

Six scientists set sail for Kongsøya in August. Read the blog from their expedition to eastern and southwestern Svalbard in their quest to unravel the secrets of deglaciation, uplift and sea ice drift.

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Sep
19

Permafrost investigations at 81°36’ N

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.

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Sep
10

New student hostel opened

10 September 2014

The new student hostel with 88 rooms was formally opened for the UNIS students yesterday. Sandra Heldal (23) was one of the first students to move into “Sjøskrenten” student hostel.

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Aug
28

New light shed on dayside Aurora

28 August 2014

The dayside aurora is less studied and less well understood than the nightside counterpart. In a doctoral thesis by UNIS PhD candidate Jeffrey Holmes, further understanding of precipitating protons in the dayside aurora is revealed.

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Jun
12

Reduced sea ice area also in winter

12 June 2014

During the last decades warmer Atlantic water has caused a retreat of the ice edge north of Svalbard. In contrast to other areas of the Arctic Ocean, the largest ice loss north of Svalbard occurred during winter.

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Jun
06

International radar community converges on UNIS

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.

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