Earlier this autumn, PhD-candidate Peter Betlem spent 2 months on board the JOIDES Resolution (JR), an ocean drilling scientific vessel. We held an informal Q&A-session, and here are the answers to life on board one of the world’s most advanced research ships.
Why is the weather so hard to predict? The Svalbard terrain contains many parameters, and with 2,5 kilometre big weather grids it is hard to notice small-scale variations. A research group from UNIS is looking at live weather data and comparing it to the models.
Thursday 25 March at 18:00 the Arctic Safety Centre and UNIS will arrange a webinar in collaboration with partners in Longyearbyen on safe travels during the upcoming Easter break. The webinar will be in Norwegian, recorded from Longyearbyen Kulturhus and can be watched at a later time.
The project CRUISE#SCIENCE developed citizen science methods for research dissemination and active learning on board circumnavigating expedition ships in Svalbard. The results of the project, headed by the Department of Arctic Biology at UNIS, show that this kind of citizen involvement has added value for both UNIS and the cruise operator.
On 9 February, it is 100 years since Count Wedel Jarlsberg signed the Svalbard Treaty on behalf of Norway. The Governor of Svalbard, Svalbard Museum and UNIS marks the 100th anniversary with a seminar, cake and men’s choir singing.