Arctic Geophysics Research
Physical processes of sea-ice-air-space column
Arctic geophysics seeks to introduce students to the entire vertical column, from the deep of the oceans up to the outermost boundary of the atmosphere, as a dynamic system with a large variety of processes going on inside each layer as well as interactions between them. Svalbard location provides an opportunity to observe phenomena that are specific to polar regions and the physical processes that lead up to them.
The geophysical research at UNIS covers four main topics
Svalbard is an excellent position to study the complicated air-ice-sea interaction processes in nature’s own laboratory.
Study the processes related to very stable boundary layers and the contrast between cold ice/snow surfaces and relatively warm sea that leads to atmospheric phenomena that can only be observed in polar regions.
Space physics covers processes related to the northern lights, their origin in the near-Earth space and their effects on the atmosphere. At daytime Svalbard is located underneath the polar cusp where the solar-terrestrial coupling is most direct and strongest. At nighttime, physics of the polar cap boundary region can be captured from Svalbard. The two months of darkness in mid-winter provide ideal opportunities for observing daytime northern lights. The suite of exciting ground-based instruments
allows studies on interaction of the atmospheric layers.
Latest geophysics articles
Current geophysics projects
The project aimed to initiate a new collaboration between the two research groups through a joint study into how energy is dissipated into the upper atmosphere through interaction between the Sun’s magnetic field (IMF) and the Earth’s magnetic field.
Iwin (Isfjorden weather information network)
Providing weather data from several stations in the area, the Isfjorden weather information network aims at improving our understanding of local atmospheric processes and ultimately weather forecasts for the region itself.
Magnetic Pulsations and Transients
The MAPAT-project brings together researchers from Norway, Russia and France. The project will use data from instrumentation across the polar regions, with a specific focus on instruments in Svalbard and Northern Scandinavia.
An interdisciplinary project focusing on developing resilience in Arctic communities by providing a climate change response system. This system will assist decision-making by providing real-time key geo-scientific observations affected by the increasing climatic changes, especially the high Arctic environment.
Preparation through instructional videos
FieldPass has produce several videos for different course leaders in order to help students prepare for field and lab activities.
The Svalbard SuperDARN Radar, located on Brienosa is an over the horizon ionospheric radar system. It is part of the SuperDARN international network of more than 30 high frequency (HF) radars designed for studying high-latitude plasma convection driven by interactions between the magnetic fields of the Sun and the Earth.