Press Releases

Aug
09

Queen Sonja presented a personal Royal gift

9 August 2018

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja visited UNIS today and presented their anniversary gift to UNIS: A graphic print made by Queen Sonja entitled “Ice cave”.

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Aug
08

Royal visit to UNIS

8 August 2018

Their Majesties King Harald and Queen Sonja of Norway will visit the University Center in Svalbard (UNIS) on Thursday 9 August 2018 in connection with the 25th anniversary of UNIS.

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Dec
14

Green light for the Nansen Legacy

14 December 2017

The Norwegian Research Council has approved the research application for the Nansen Legacy (Arven etter Nansen). The first research cruise will take place from 19 July 2018 with the new research vessel “Kronprins Haakon”.

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Sep
22

Effects of sea ice on Arctic shrub growth: The importance of biotic interactions

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.

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Sep
20

Aurora forecast in 3D!

20 September 2017

The Aurora Forecast 3D app is released just in time for the dark season. It forecasts the aurora oval up to +0, +1, and +4 hours ahead in time at any location on the planet using a 3D graphical layout.

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Sep
12

Glacier dynamics in Svalbard fjords

12 September 2017

Anne Elina Flink has studied marine terminating Svalbard glaciers and the traces they have left in the geological record. Flink will defend her PhD thesis on Tuesday 19 September at UNIS.

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May
10

Heating and vertical winds in dayside Aurora

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.

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May
05

Zooplankton migration patterns in the Polar night

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.

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Feb
21

Avalanche in Longyearbyen 21 February 2017

21 January 2017

Just before noon on Tuesday 21 February 2017 an avalanche destroyed two apartment buildings in the middle of Longyearbyen. No one was injured in the avalanche, but parts of the town are now under evacuation.

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