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),  and Arctic offshore oil and gas exploitation (Ice Mechanics, Applied Oceanography and Marine Technology).

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.

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Current research projects:

Sea ice in Fram Strait photographed from Oden. Photo: Øyvind Hagen/Statoil

Sustainable Arctic Marine and Coastal Technology (SAMCoT)

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.

SAMCoT Objectives:

  • 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”.

SAMCoT project page
Men, snowmobile and crane in Svea, Svalbard (wintertime)

Safety of Industrial Development and Transportation Routes in the Arctic, 2015–2019 (SITRA)

SITRA is supported by Norwegian Centre for International cooperation in Education (SIU) via the High North Programme for 2015–2019. 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.

SITRA project page

Arctic offshore and coastal engineering in changing climate, 2018–2020 (AOCEC)

AOCEC inherits SITRA, FIMA, SMIDA and SafeLOT and is actually the fourth project for development of International collaboration in high education and science in the Arctic Technology department.

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.

AOCEC project page

Maritime Preparedness and International Partnership in the High North (MARPART Project Consortium)

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.

Download project flyer (PDF)

MARPART consortium page

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