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.
28 May 2021
In 2020, 299 students from 32 countries spent shorter or longer periods at UNIS, including both course students and guest students. Norwegian citizens (43%) were the largest group, followed by students from Germany and the Netherlands in second and third place, respectively. The drop in student numbers are due to the Covid-19 pandemic and cancelled courses.
27 May 2021
Science research and fieldwork is often time consuming and expensive to carry out. On Svalbard, two citizen scientists overwintering at an old trappers’ cabin in Van Keulenfjorden have aided UNIS researcher by collecting ice core samples.
22 May 2021
What do you see when you look at the sea ice? A vast extent of seemingly white nothingness, maybe dotted with a few cute seals soaking up the sunshine or a polar bear on the prowl. Would you believe that just below the surface is a hustling and bustling ecosystem?
20 May 2021
Arctic plants, insects, birds, and land mammals are experiencing wide ranging and diverse effects from climate change. Timing of key life events, changing habitats, introduction of new predators and potentially new diseases are among impacts described in a new report based on long-term biodiversity monitoring in the Arctic. UNIS professor Steve Coulson has participated in writing the report.