Cruising Isfjorden – RV Lance’s last research cruise

20 October 2017 13 students from the course AGF-214 Polar Ocean Climate recently spent a week on board RV Lance together with lecturers, researchers and technicians from UNIS. The research cruise was Lance’s last cruise before she was taken out of the Norwegian Polar Institute’s service.

Two peculiar acquaintances from the Svalbard fjords

28 September 2017 Around the coast of Svalbard we find many exciting animals in the sea. Few are as strange as the two fish you will meet here. Perhaps they are facing an uncertain future?

Effects of sea ice on Arctic shrub growth: The importance of biotic interactions

22 September 2017 Across the Arctic tundra increased plant productivity has been associated with the accelerating retreat of the Arctic sea ice, due to warmer climate. However, emerging studies document opposite effects, showing a more complex relationship between the shrinking sea ice and terrestrial plant growth.

Aurora forecast in 3D!

20 September 2017 The Aurora Forecast 3D app is released just in time for the dark season. It forecasts the aurora oval up to +0, +1, and +4 hours ahead in time at any location on the planet using a 3D graphical layout.

Glacier dynamics in Svalbard fjords

12 September 2017 Anne Elina Flink has studied marine terminating Svalbard glaciers and the traces they have left in the geological record. Flink will defend her PhD thesis on Tuesday 19 September at UNIS.

Apply for spring courses now

11 September 2017 Application is now open for UNIS spring courses. The application deadline is 15 October 2017.

The snow crab has arrived!

25 August 2017 Snow crab has been found in Raudfjorden in northern Spitsbergen for the first time. The speed of which it spreads indicates that it soon will be found along the western coast of Svalbard. Does this mean that a new source of income is literally crabbing in to Longyearbyen?

Linking plant nutrient dynamics and ecosystem processes in a warmer Arctic

21 July 2017 What effect will a warming climate have on plants in Svalbard? What about the increase of pink-footed goose population due to recent climate changes? Will a heated and more grazed Arctic mean more carbon emission or the opposite? UNIS PhD candidate Matteo Petit Bon aims at finding out.

Funding secured for SIOS infrastructure development

29 June 2017 The Research Council of Norway has singled the out the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System – Infrastructure development of the Norwegian node (SIOS-InfraNor) project for funding.

UNIS teachers awarded the The Joanna Renc-Roe Award

9 June 2017 Chris Borstad, Mads Forchhammer and Tove M. Gabrielsen from UNIS was awarded The Joanna Renc-Roe Award – for pushing the boundaries of SoTL  at the 2nd EuroSoTL conference, 8-9 June 2017,  in Lund, Sweden.