Call for Applications for the NVP Summer School in Svalbard 2023
The Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research (NVP), in cooperation with The University Centre in Svalbard, are pleased to announce that applications for the NVP Summer School 2023 are now open.
Tiny technology to outwit deadly winter threat
Local experts and organisations have developed a new avalance monitor system to mitigate a growing danger.
The global Arctic
Around the summer solstice of 2022, a small group of twenty young researchers met in Svalbard, a small island lost between Norway and the North Pole. The Norwegian Academy of Polar Research wanted to bring us together around the theme of “The Global Arctic” to “identify and discuss points of connection within and between the natural, social and human sciences“.
Samarbeid om fornybar energi i Longyearbyen
Longyearbyen lokalstyre, Universitetssenteret på Svalbard (UNIS) og Store Norske har skrevet under en intensjonsavtale om et samarbeid, som skal bidra til akselerasjon av utviklingen av fornybare løsninger for energiforsyningen i Longyearbyen samtidig som det tilrettelegges for ny kunnskaps- og næringsutvikling.
GoNorth: Returning with a trove of data
Norway is bit more acquainted with its own backyard as a result of the first leg of the very first GoNorth polar expedition. Seismic surveys were carried out in areas we knew very little about until now. Data was acquired in a range of topics, from life in the Arctic Ocean to pollution from afar, via the sea ice of the past – and of the present. The data will be analysed by scientists for many years to come.
Prestigious award to Arctic permafrost project led by UNIS
On October 14, Marius Jonassen and Hanne H. Christiansen from UNIS became the second recipients of the Frederik Paulsen Arctic Academic Action Award (FP Award). The award is both a high-level recognition and a 100,000-euro grant given to a project that transforms knowledge into action to help address the impacts of climate change in the Arctic.
New learning spaces
In September, new student learning spaces were opened on the ground floor in the student housing at Elvesletta – opening up for more collaborative work.
Melt down of the Arctic Ocean: Dead end or new opportunities?
The Arctic Ocean is changing towards a warmer and ice-free state in summer. Warm Atlantic water continuously carries plankton organisms from south to north. Boreal species usually perish in the cold, dark Arctic Ocean but that may change as climate warms, sea ice shrinks, and the primary production season lengthens.
Another species named after Professor Coulson
UNIS professor Steve Coulson has yet another mite species named after him. The Platynothrus coulsoni is the fifth (!) species named in his honour.
Observing Arctic marine life — from the seabed to space
NTNU researchers from AMOS, the Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems, with help from UNIS students, used small satellites and subsea robots — and everything in between — to study marine life in Svalbard’s Kongsfjorden in a first-ever experiment in May.
Science communication with a view
A cooperation between the tourist vessel MS Bard and UNIS gives students a unique opportunity to practice their science communication skills. For the guests onboard it is a fantastic way to learn more about the research in the pristine location they visit during their holiday.
Sveinung Løset Awarded Clarkson University Honorary Degree
Sveinung Løset, professor of Arctic marine technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and UNIS, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree at Clarkson University’s spring 2022 Commencement.
The ocean’s role in a warming Arctic
When meteorologists report fine weather on Svalbard, it is the air temperature that is being talked about. But when it comes to global warming, ocean temperature is the big joker.
Monitoring the snow cornices on Gruvefjellet
Researchers have used drones to inspect the snow cornices on Gruvefjellet. This helps us understand and assess the risks of cornice-triggered avalanches in Longyearbyen.
Robotic mapping of Svalbard’s marine forest
With the novel use of unmanned surface vehicles (USV), it has become safer and easier to collect data from glacier fronts. Master student Milan Beck is one of the first who utilised this sustainable way of monitoring the pristine and vulnerable Arctic nature for his thesis.
New FRAM initiative: Research in the Arctic, for those who live there
The Fram Centre has launched five new research programs with a total budget of 250 million NOK over five years. UNIS is involved in three of the new research programs.
Have you checked Yr.no?
It is one of the most common phrases in the Norwegian language, nevertheless, also a common source of frustration. Because who has not looked at a promising weather forecast, and made big plans for a visit to the beach, a summer party, or an outdoor gathering? Then only to wake up the next morning to overcast, rain in the air and cancelled plans?
Let’s talk dirty
Arunima Sen is a postdoc in the Benthic Ecology group at Nord University and soon-to-be associate professor at UNIS. She has two primary research agendas : sub-Arctic fjord ecology, and carbon and nutrient cycling in the high Arctic. She is also a part of the Nansen Legacy research project, and this blog is from a cruise in spring 2021.