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.
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.
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.
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!
The five former UNIS students started their ski trip from Longyearbyen to South Cape after lunch today. The five, accompanied by four sledges and a dog, will then go from the South Cape all the way to the North Cape of Spitsbergen before returning to Longyearbyen.