Research

Oct
08

Atlantification of the marine ecosystem in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard

8 October 2019

Climate warming is rapidly altering the physical marine environment in fjords on the west coast of Svalbard towards a more temperate state. Reductions in sea ice cover and increased ocean temperatures are evident, resulting in changes of ice-associated and pelagic ecosystems.

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Sep
06

About cod, the climate, polar cod and benthic animals

6 September 2019

In July 1873 some nets were put out by whalers in Raudfjorden in Svalbard, to obtain food. They had expected to catch Arctic char, but ended up filling the nets with cod.

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Aug
28

Buildings are sinking more than expected

28 August 2019

Researchers began measuring how much buildings in Svalbard are moving two years ago. Already they are seeing surprising results. We’re sinking.

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Apr
29

Funding for cross-disciplinary project in student active learning

29 April 2019

Last week, UNIS and BioCEED was granted funding of 4.7 million NOK to the project “Development, testing and evaluation of tools and assessment forms to enhance constructive alignment in field teaching”.

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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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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
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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