Student Life

Aug
05

The CO2 detective

5 August 2013

Are the plants and soil in Adventdalen absorbing more CO2 than they are emitting into the atmosphere? Stefano Ponti (23) from Italy investigates the matter every day this summer.

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Jun
19

Snow distribution in Central Spitsbergen

19 June 2013

MSc student Wesley R. Farnsworth has studied snow distribution around central Spitsbergen, improving the understanding of snow stability and potential snow avalanche trigger locations and how snow distribution influences ground temperatures and periglacial landform dynamics around Longyearbyen.

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May
13

Coastal erosion study at Fredheim

13 May 2013

MSc student Evangeline Sessford has studied coastal erosion in Spitsbergen, and one of the study sites was Fredheim in Tempelfjorden. Various mitigation techniques for the cultural heritage at Fredheim have been reviewed resulting in suggestions to protect the coast rather than move the buildings or let nature run its course.

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Nov
26

Shimmering cold and bright

26 November 2010

The students attending the UNIS course “Polar Magnetospheric Substorms” hit jackpot during their fieldwork the other week. The Aurora Borealis put on a spectacular sky show for the students, who are at UNIS to learn more about the northern lights.

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Oct
12

Beware what’s hiding under your boots

12 October 2009

Chris Ware was interested in determining the risk of plant introduction into Svalbard, as a consequence of an increase in the visitation rate to the archipelago. The results show that foreign species indeed can be introduced by something as innocent as our footwear.

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Jun
10

Black carbon affects the local climate

10 June 2009

For the first time the local climate impact of black carbon concentrations around Svalbard settlements has been investigated. Borgar Aamaas’ master thesis concludes that black carbon pollution by local sources increases snow melt in Longyearbyen and Svea. Aamaas will defend his master thesis June 15.

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Jul
22

Boot ’em up!

22 July 2008

Passengers arriving at Svalbard airport are frequently met by an industrious Australian that asks them to show him the sole of their boots. The passengers could be carriers of foreign seeds that might threaten the delicate balance of the Svalbard flora.

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Jul
07

Pioneer work on Kelvin waves

7 July 2008

UNIS master student Ragnhild Lundmark Daae has investigated the internal Kelvin waves in Kongsfjorden. The data shows that the topography of the fjord modifies the internal Kelvin waves, something which has not been studied in connection with Kelvin waves in Kongsfjorden before.

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Oct
12

Frontier work at Mediumfjellet

12 October 2007

Tine, Nancy and Pierre spent a month 450 meters up on a mountain top to collect new geological data. All in all, your average student summer camp? Not quite, as their work will result in geological maps to be redrawn!

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