15 July 2021
Ringed seals and polar bears are not the only Arctic organisms that depend on sea ice. Thousands of microscopic plants and animals also utilise sea ice, but they are poorly known and rarely described to the public. Recent findings suggest that sea ice is an important nursery ground for many of them.
7 July 2021
The course name might be a mouthful, but the content is crucial as Longyearbyen soon will shift from being a coal mining town to using new renewable energy sources. Here’s a recap of the summer course in Sustainable Arctic Energy Exploration and Development.
2 July 2021
Why is the weather so hard to predict? The Svalbard terrain contains many parameters, and with 2,5 kilometre big weather grids it is hard to notice small-scale variations. A research group from UNIS is looking at live weather data and comparing it to the models.
24 June 2021
UNIS – the University Centre in Svalbard and NGI - Norwegian Geotechnical Institute have entered into a letter of intent on cooperation. This means a strengthening of the competence building within geosciences in polar studies.
23 June 2021
UNIS has built a knowledge arena through a collection of websites called "Learning Arctic Biology". Here you will find information related to Arctic terrestrial biology, with examples from Svalbard's nature.
11 June 2021
UNIS PhD candidate Fasil Tesema has studied the pulsating aurora - a low emission aurora. It is caused by high energy electrons which can reach deep into the atmosphere and can deplete ozone. This significant ozone loss suggests that pulsating aurora may alter the temperature and winds in the upper atmosphere. Tesema will defend his PhD thesis on 17 June 2021.