News 2019

Apr
26

Drones help reveal the secrets of glacier crevasses

26 April 2019

Many of the glaciers in Svalbard are heavily crevassed. A multidisciplinary research group is now using drones to create high-resolution maps of glacier surfaces to study how crevasses influence the rate of heat exchange with the atmosphere.

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Apr
25

Svalbard reindeer graze on seaweed in tough winters

25 April 2019

A new study reveals that the Svalbard reindeer turn to alternative food sources in tough winters, when the tundra get glazed over by ice. New research shows that the reindeer find alternative food along the shoreline, in form of kelp and seaweed.

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Apr
15

Gas hydrates in Svalbard

15 April 2019

The cold of Norway’s High Arctic may just be cold enough to push natural gas into a different phase; one where natural gas combines with a cage of water molecules to form a hydrate structure.

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Apr
08

Here are our excellent teaching practitioners

8 April 2019

Pernille Bronken Eidesen (UNIS) and Christian Jørgensen (UiB) both receive the status of excellent teaching practitioners. Eidesen says it is a great honour to become an excellent teacher, and she feels a collegial responsibility.

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Mar
22

Cold, but not cold enough!

22 March 2019

The frost smoke has been hovering above Adventfjorden the past few weeks, but still the fjord is without an ice cover. So what is the sea temperature now?

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Mar
18

Autumn courses 2019 open for application

18 March 2019

Apply now for UNIS autumn semester courses! The application deadline is 15 April 2019.

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Mar
15

Algae – the foundation of life

15 March 2019

Due to all the ongoing and predicted climate changes it is obvious that primary productivity in the Arctic is going to change – but still, there is very little reliable information available on the subject. PhD candidate Ane Cecilie Kvernvik has studied single-celled sea ice algae in Svalbard.

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Feb
22

Svalbard at the centre of a giant rocket project

22 February 2019

UNIS and UiO want to find answers to a number of questions related to the energy transport through the polar atmosphere. In a giant research project, the “Grand Challenge Initiative – Cusp” (GCI-Cusp) with twelve rocket launches, researchers aim to solve some of the puzzles.

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Feb
12

Better avalanche warnings in and around Longyearbyen

12 February 2019

UNIS, in collaboration with Telenor Svalbard, has launched a pilot project to improve avalanche warnings in and around Longyearbyen.

 

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