Arctic Technology research at UNIS
The Arctic Technology Department offers research opportunities in Arctic Engineering as well as in Arctic Environmental Technology and Chemistry.
Arctic Engineering concentrates on engineering problems to be tackled when settling in the Arctic environment: living and building on frozen ground that may be subject to landslides and avalanches (Geotechnics), Arctic offshore oil and gas exploitation (Ice Mechanics, Applied Oceanography and Marine Technology), mining (Rock Mechanics), and water supply (Hydrology).
Arctic Environmental Technology and Chemistry concentrates on current and potential pollution problems, environmental impacts, feasible remediation techniques in Arctic areas (Environmental Chemistry), on the effects of organic pollutants on organisms (Ecotoxicology). The technological challenges deriving from increased human activity in the northern marine environments, as well as locally here in Svalbard, continue to be our main focus.
Current research projects:
SAMCoT is a centre for research-based innovation, established by the Research Council of Norway. The research activities in SAMCoT are carried out by the host institution NTNU together with UNIS, SINTEF and 14 other partners.
- To provide the research based knowledge necessary in order forthe industry to develop Arctic technology for the energy sector in particular and for society as a whole.
- To specifically address the implications of the presence of ice and permafrost, as well as to produce knowledge that will ensure sustainable and safe exploration, exploitation, and transport from and within the vulnerable Arctic region.
- To provide the foundation for further development of environmentally adapted coastal infrastructure.
UNIS professor Aleksey Marchenko is leading WP 1: “Collection & analysis of field data and properties”.
SITRA is supported by Norwegian Centre for International cooperation in Education (SIU) via the High North Programme for 2015–2018. This SMIDA sister project will expand collaboration in the field of Arctic Technology overseas.
UNIS and Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada) are the main partners. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), NTNU (Norway), University of Alaska Fairbanks (USA) and Dartmouth College (USA) are in the team.
UNIS professor Aleksey Marchenko is project leader.
Project activities are focused on the following topics:
- Physics and mechanics of ice and loads on structures
- Sea ice/iceberg drift, ice management, wave stresses on ice
- Shipping in ice-infested waters, navigation in Arctic straits
- Arctic harbours, coastal zones and infrastructure
UNIS hosts AOCEC and professor Aleksey Marchenko is project leader.
Memorial University of Newfoundland (Canada), Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), Norwegian University of Science and Technology, University of Oslo (Norway), University of Alaska Fairbanks (USA) and Dartmouth College (USA) are in the team.
The MARPART Consortium consists of 13 universities and research institutes that focus on emergency management and crisis preparedness. The consortium is coordinated by Nord University in Bodø, Norway and assesses the risk of increasing transport activity and challenges for search and rescue (SAR), management and emergency operations. There are several interlinked projects and a UArctic Network on Arctic Safety and Security.
Project leader is professor Odd Jarl Borch (UiN). UNIS research associate Nataly Marchenko is the UNIS representative in the consortium, involved in MARPART-1 and 2, the MAREC project and the UArctic network.
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