Understanding better fundamental mechanisms of rock fracture by blasting

14 November 2018 UNIS PhD candidate Liyuan Chi has investigated the shock compression of rock in the vicinity of an exploding charge and rock fracturing on a free surface parallel to the blast hole. Chi will defend his PhD thesis at NTNU on Wednesday 21 November at 13:15.

Extended application deadline – Bachelor and Master/PhD courses spring 2019

8 November 2018 Would you like to study in Svalbard next spring? We have extended application deadline for some courses in Arctic Geophysics and Arctic Technology. Apply now – first come, first serve!  

Stories from Rijpfjorden 5: On the way in (and out) of Rijpfjorden

5 November 2018 When Captain Albertsen from Tromsø slowly sailed into Rijpfjorden on 3 September 1945 to pick up the last of armed German soldiers in Europe, he had no idea of what was expecting him. Perhaps the fjord was full of fissured and half-melted drift ice as he headed south to the inner part of Rijpfjorden. That was the sight I met the first time I was in Rijpfjorden in September 2004. At that time I did not know how important Rijpfjorden would turn out to be for me, both as a researcher and as an individual.

Stories from Rijpfjorden 4: On mine kibbles, sea ice and food chains

2 November 2018 Sea ice and snow reflect and absorb effectively up to 99% of all light, which in turn helps regulate the start and length of the algal bloom in the ocean below. This usually results in short and intense blooms when the sea ice melts. Arctic species show adaptations to such a production regime, usually because they are able to eat and put on a lot of weight in the short periods where there is food access, and then live on stored fat in meager times. But what's that got to do with the kibble used for coal transportation in Longyearbyen in the past?

Stories from Rijpfjorden 3: Monster!

30 October 2018 Fortunately, it is no bigger than 5–6 cm; otherwise it would have been a really scary sight. It is found mostly throughout the whole Arctic, and is a species we count as an indicator of cold water masses. And for all the smaller organisms, such as Calanus finmarchicus and Calanus glacialis, it is a ferocious monster!

Celebrating 25 years

24 October 2018 UNIS celebrated its 25th anniversary over two days with students, staff and distinguished guests.  Minister of education and integration, Jan Tore Sanner, said UNIS the last 25 years has laid a solid foundation for further development of world-class research and education.

Anniversary Photo Competition

24 October 2018 This spring, we announced a photo competition for our students as part of the celebration of UNIS' 25th anniversary. We got an impressive 180 entries in total, spread in the three categories fieldwork, nature and social life.

Stories from Rijpfjorden 2: A time witness from a bygone era

18 September 2018 Rijpfjorden not only holds a very special place in the story of how the weather station Haudegen housed the last armed German soldiers towards the end of World War II. It is also home to a much older and equally important story - a story that stretches several thousand years back in time and has not yet been really told. This is a story told by the “cod lake” (Torskevatnet).

Stories from Rijpfjorden 1: A unique place of great importance to our understanding of the Arctic

13 September 2018 Rijpfjorden is a unique place. On 4 September 1945, the last armed German soldiers in Europe surrendered there. 6000 years ago, blue mussels grew on the shore, and in the 1990s cod was caught in a lake that has since been called the "cod lake". And since 2006 we have used Rijpfjorden as a large and natural climate laboratory.

Increased focus on leadership within education and research

11 September 2018 UNIS increases the focus on leadership within education and research. Professor Hanne Hvidtfeldt Christiansen is appointed Vice Dean of Education and Professor Børge Damsgård is appointed Vice Dean of Research. These two new positions will enable UNIS to be more assertive in our two core functions in the future.
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