Summer 2016 report

Summer 2016 report

Top image: AG-220 students on Linnévannet. Photo: Mike Retelle/UNIS.

The high Arctic summer is almost to an end, and so are the UNIS summer courses. Here you get a glimpse of what students and staff have been up to over the past two months.

16 August 2016

The UNIS summer courses 2016 have come to an end. Over the past years the number of courses and students has increased in the summer months, which means that there is non-stop activity here at the Svalbard Science Centre in June and July.

Here are glimpses from some of the field excursions:

AG-218: International Bachelor Permafrost Summer Field School
The month long Arctic geology summer field school focuses on the distribution and thermal state of the permafrost. The students had several excursions in the vicinity of Longyearbyen to obtain and analyse permafrost cores.

Student excursion to Sarkofagen outside Longyearbyen.

AG-218 students on excursion to Sarkofagen. Photo: Ole Humlum/UNIS.

Students drilling in permafrost in Adventdalen

AG-218 students drilling in the permafrost in Adventdalen. Photo: Ole Humlum/UNIS.

AB-327/827: Arctic Microbiology
The master and PhD course focuses on all things micro; from viruses and bacteria through food web and evolution to
climate change and human impact. Fieldwork embraced both marine and terrestrial habitats, and the students spent
time in Adventdalen, Bjørndalen and at Kapp Linné.

Students on Longyearbreen glacier.

AB-327/827 students on fieldwork at Longyearbreen glacier. Photo: Magdalena Wutkowska/UNIS.

Students by Linnévannet

AB-327/827 on fieldwork by Linnévannet. Photo: Magdalena Wutkowska/UNIS.

AB-322: Flux of Matter and Energy from Sea to Land
This biology master and PhD course concentrates on seabird ecology and the transfer of nutrients from marine to terrestrial
ecosystems. The students had several days of fieldwork in Bjørndalen just outside Longyearbyen, where they caught
Little auks and examined the food they brought back from the sea to their youngs.

Students walking the mountainside in Bjørndalen.

AB-322 students on excursion in Bjørndalen. Photo: Silje Kristiansen.

Taking food samples from a Little Auk

AB-322 students taking food samples from a Little auk. The bird is released afterwards. Photo: Silje Kristiansen.

AG-220: Environmental Change in the High Arctic Landscape of Svalbard
This geology bachelor course investigated how climatic and watershed processes influence the landscape of western
Svalbard. The students spent a good week out at Kapp Linné, performing lots of fieldwork at Linnévannet.

Students and professor looking at data by Linnévannet

Professor Al Werner and students in AG-220 study the data obtained from Linnévannet. Photo: Mike Retelle/UNIS.

AB-206: Introduction to Svalbard’s terrestrial flora and fauna
This course for the bachelor students in biology is a two-week long introductory course into the plants, invertebrates
and birds of Svalbard. Some of the fieldwork was conducted at Hiorthhamn, just across the fjord from Longyearbyen.

Students on fieldwork at Hiorthhamn

AB-206 students on fieldwork at Hiorthhamn. Photo: Pernille B. Eidesen/UNIS.

Student lunch break outside a cabin at Hiorthhamn

Well-deserved lunch break for AB-206 students outside a cabin at Hiorthhamn. Photo: Pernille B. Eidesen/UNIS.

AG-348/848: Arctic Late Quaternary Glacial and Marine Environmental History
The four week long master and PhD course in geology had an 8 day long scientific cruise all the way up to Sjuøyane
at 80°N. During the cruise, the students obtained geological and geomorphological data from various glacial marine
and terrestrial environments.

Students on ship deck at Sjuøyane, Svalbard

Happy AG-348/848 students and staff at Sjuøyane. Photo: UNIS.

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