News 2016

Nov
07

Evacuation of Nybyen student housing

7 November 2016

Due to the expected rain storm in the next 24 hours, the Governor of Svalbard has issued an evacuation order for parts of the Longyearbyen area, including Nybyen, where the majority of UNIS students live. UNIS together with Samskipnaden have implemented the evacuation of all students from Nybyen to the new student housing facility Sjøskrenten and the UNIS Guest House. The evacuation will take place within the next two hours.

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Oct
19

SuperDARN officially opened

19 October 2016

Norway’s first SuperDARN radar was officially opened today. From now on data from the radar, which signals reach well over the North Pole, will be available to the rest of the world.

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Oct
14

Opening the “black box” of the Polar night

14 October 2016

Miriam Marquardt has investigated the community composition, seasonality and diversity of marine microbial eukaryotes in Svalbard waters. Marquardt will defend her PhD thesis at UNIS on Tuesday 18 October.

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Oct
05

Climate change effects on Arctic species spread across trophic levels

5 October 2016

Extreme events like the mild winter experienced in Longyearbyen last year, with rain, sleet and positive temperatures, may become more frequent in the future Arctic climate, and thereby challenge the inherent resilience of Arctic species and the ecosystems in which they are part of.

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Sep
23

Impurities of glacier ice

23 September 2016

The Greenland ice sheet is not entirely white. Parts of the ice sheet have darkened since 1996, leading to increased melting. PhD candidate Thomas Gölles has developed tools to study the interplay of particle accumulation, ice flow and ice melt. Gölles will defend his dissertation at UNIS on 29 September.

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Sep
16

Lazarus ice

16 September 2016

Global climate change is causing Arctic sea ice to melt at an accelerating rate, increasing the ability of ships and other structures to travel though Arctic waters. But even as they melt, some sea ice structures actually get stronger.

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Aug
23

Dean meeting at UNIS

23 August 2016

Deans and other leaders from the Norwegian mainland universities and Bergen University College are currently participating in the annual dean meeting at UNIS.

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Aug
16

Summer 2016 report

16 August 2016

The high Arctic summer is almost to an end, and so are the UNIS summer courses. Here you get a glimpse of what students and staff have been up to over the past two months.

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Jul
21

Birds on top of the world, with nowhere to go

21 July 2016

Climate change could make much of the Arctic unsuitable for millions of migratory birds that travel north to breed each year, according to a new international study published in Global Change Biology.

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