22 September 2017
Across the Arctic tundra increased plant productivity has been associated with the accelerating retreat of the Arctic sea ice, due to warmer climate. However, emerging studies document opposite effects, showing a more complex relationship between the shrinking sea ice and terrestrial plant growth.
10 May 2017
Åsmund Skjæveland has studied the details of the atmospheric mechanisms that take the energy from the northern lights and create warm and vertical winds. Skjæveland will defend his PhD thesis on Friday 12 May at the University of Oslo.
5 May 2017
Why do zooplankton migrate up and down the water column during Arctic dark season when there is apparently constant darkness? PhD candidate Julie Cornelius Grenvald has examined the Diel Vertical Migration (DVM) of zooplankton during the polar night and reveals several and complex migration patterns. Grenvald will defend her thesis on 9 May at the University of Tromsø.
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.
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.