Fieldwork in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. Photo: Steve Coulson/UNIS
Arctic Biology fieldwork in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard. Photo: Steve Coulson/UNIS

Arctic Biology

The Department of Arctic Biology at UNIS is the only European High Arctic situated biology department realizing undergraduate education, graduate research experience and Arctic research on a regular basis.

The biological research at UNIS covers three interacting main topics: Climate change biology, Seasonal ecology, and Spatio-temporal dynamics of species and systems.

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Arctic Biology Research
Glaciologists on Kronebreen, Svalbard
Glaciology fieldwork on Kronebreen, Kongsfjorden. Photo: Heïdi Sevestre/UNIS

Arctic Geology

The UNIS Arctic Geology Department performs research within six subjects:

  • Marine geology
  • Quaternary geology
  • Permafrost and periglacial geomorphology
  • Glaciology
  • Sedimentology
  • Structural geology


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Arctic Geology Research
Aurora Borealis in Svalbard.
Aurora Borealis dances over the Kjell Henriksen Observatory (KHO) outside Longyearbyen, Svalbard. Photo: Njål Gulbrandsen/UNIS

Arctic Geophysics

The research at the UNIS Arctic geophysical department spans over a vertical range from the depths of the ocean through snow and ice covered land, and the entire atmospheric column to the solar winds in outer space.

The emphasis is on geophysical phenomena in Polar regions with implications for global currents in the ocean and atmosphere, and radiative processes in the atmosphere and on the ground. These issues are all pertinent in connection with environmental and climatic change questions.

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Arctic Geophysics Research
Scientists on the sea ice in front of MS Bjørkhaug. Photo: Andrii Murdza
Scientific cruise with MS Bjørkhaug. Photo: Andrii Murdza/UNIS

Arctic Technology

The Arctic Technology Department conducts research within two fields:

Arctic Engineering concentrates on engineering problems to be tackled when settling in the Arctic environment: frozen ground that may be subject to landslides and avalanches, Arctic offshore oil and gas exploitation and potable water supply.

Arctic Environmental Technology and Chemistry concentrates on current and potential pollution problems, environmental impacts and feasible remediation techniques in Arctic areas.

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Arctic Technology Research

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