15 February 2017
Tunabreen, the iconic glacier in Tempelfjorden, is well-known to residents of Svalbard and the throngs of tourists that visit each year. The last known surge of Tunabreen was in 2004 and scientists have believed that the glacier has a 35–40 year surge interval, suggesting a new surge around year 2040. However, new satellite imagery suggests that Tunabreen is starting to surge now, decades earlier than expected.
31 January 2017
Last winter we had record-low amount of fjord ice here in Svalbard and the following autumn was unusually warm. But these last few months have been relatively cold. Can we anticipate ice on the fjords this winter? The answer is yes – and no.
28 January 2017
On Friday 27 January a UNIS vessel had motor malfunction during a transportation assignment between Barentsburg and Longyearbyen. On board were a group of 12 UNIS students and staff. The coast guard ship KV Svalbard arrived within two hours to assist and students and staff were transported by KV Svalbard to Longyearbyen. No one were hurt during the incident, which will be investigated thoroughly by UNIS in the coming days.
27 January 2017
The Ministry of Education and Research has commissioned the Research Council of Norway to provide input on an overall strategy for research and higher education in Svalbard. Dialogue meetings will be organized in Oslo, Tromsø and Longyearbyen to get input from stakeholders.
20 January 2017
Jan Christensen’s endowment has a number of scholarships available to Norwegian students and researchers at UNIS. The scholarships are reserved for Norwegian students at Master and PhD level who are admitted at UNIS, and Norwegian researchers employed full-time or 20% (in adjunct positions) at UNIS.
16 January 2017
Now in the midst of the dark period, it may be appropriate to ask what we really know about life in the north and whether we have enough knowledge to manage resources and waters in a good way. For example, what do we know about bamboo and ghost shrimps on Svalbard?
10 January 2017
The Ministry of Education and Research has commissioned the Research Council of Norway to provide input on an overall strategy for research and higher education in Svalbard. The process will be inclusive and broad-based and UNIS will assist in the work on the education strategy.