A podcast about polar science, research and education from the northernmost higher education institution, The University Center in Svalbard.
Produced by Maria Philippa Rossi and Simen Salomonsen Hjelle. Funding by Research Council of Norway.
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UNIS 30 år - Gudmund Hernes om forskning på Svalbard
26:53THIS IS A SPECIAL EPISODE OF THE COLDCAST, RECORDED IN NORWEGIAN.Vi tar en prat med tidligere kirke-, utdannings- og forskningsminister Gudmund Hernes. Hernes ble tidlig bitt av "Svalbardbasillen" og var pådriver for at Universitetssenteret på Svalbard ble til. Hvordan har forskningen utviklet seg over 30 år, og kan forskning bidra til stabilisering i et betent geopolitisk landskap? Podcasten er produsert av informasjonsrådgivere Maria Philippa Rossi og Ingrid Ballari Nilssen. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
UNIS 30 år - jubileumsepisode
1:00:21THIS IS A SPECIAL EPISODE OF THE COLDCAST, RECORDED IN NORWEGIAN.Hvordan var det å være student ved Unis på 90-tallet? Endrer feltarbeidet seg i takt med klimaendringene? Hvilken rolle spiller Unis når morgendagens fornybare energikilder diskuteres? Hvordan blir fremtidens Longyearbyen, når alt er bygget på tinende permafrost?I denne jubileumsepisoden i forbindelse med Universitetssenteret på Svalbards 30-års-feiring får du møte direktør Jøran Moen, geolog Hanne Christiansen, oseanograf Ragnheid Skogseth, geofysiker Fred Signernes, ansvarlig for feltsikkerhet Fred Skancke Hansen, marinbiolog Janne Søreide, professor i fornybar energi, Anna Sjöblom og historiker Thor Bjørn Arlov.Podcasten er produsert av informasjonsrådgivere Maria Philippa Rossi og Ingrid Ballari Nilssen. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Maria Jensen and Steve Coulson - iEarth and bioCEED
20:44In this episode we talk to department leaders in geology and biology at Unis, Maria Jensen and Steve Coulson. They are involved with two Centres for Excellence in Education, iEarth and bioCEED. The Norwegian Centres for Excellence in Education (Senter for fremragende utdanning, SFU) is a prestigious scheme that gives Norway's leading educational communities the resources to further develop their programs and practices. The idea is to move away from the old concept of one-way delivery in lecture theaters and see how the universities can make their teaching better. One example is in the field of geoscience. Norway used to educate a lot of petroleum geologists, but the job market is changing, and different from what it was 10-15 years ago. The underlying idea is to use new teaching methods and change the curriculum towards educating modern geoscientists that the modern society needs. The Centres for Excellence in Education have had a collegial approach to teaching, and encouraged staff to talk to discuss what works well and not so well. The students are highly involved, and their feedback and input are a valuable part of the project. This is the last episode of season 1 of The ColdCast. We would like to extend our thanks to The Norwegian Research Council for contributing with funding, and to staff and students at the University Centre in Svalbard for participating. All episodes are available on Spotify, or your favourite podcast player. The podcast is produced by technician Simen Salomonsen Hjelle and information advisor Maria Philippa Rossi. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Lukas Frank - Weather forecasting in the high Arctic
24:37Let’s talk about the weather, Norwegians’ favourite small talk topic! In this episode we are joined by Lukas Frank, who is working on a PhD on regional interaction between atmosphere, ocean and ice. Lukas has been involved with a project called iWin, Isfjorden Weather information network, which aim is to improve the local weather forecasting in Isfjorden, the area surrounding Longyearbyen. Through the project, they gather weather data that are crucial for a better understanding of the rapidly changing, local and regional climate system. We talk about weather models and their challenges in producing accurate forecasts in an Arctic environment where glaciers, sea ice and months of complete darkness or sunlight influence the accuracy. And you also get a tip or two about how to prepare weather-wise before embarking out on a trip in the wilderness. The podcast is produced by technician Simen Salomonsen Hjelle and information adviser Maria Philippa Rossi. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Jørn Hurum - Hvordan finner man fiskeøgler på Svalbard?
44:42THIS IS A SPECIAL EPISODE OF THE COLDCAST, RECORDED IN NORWEGIAN. I denne spesialepisoden av The ColdCast møter vi paleontolog og øglegraver Jørn H. Hurum. Jørn har ledet en rekke ekspedisjoner til Svalbard på jakt etter fossiler av havlevende øgler. Jørn forteller om øglegravernes arbeid, om å drive fossiljakt på Svalbard, om hvordan klimaendringene påvirker utgravingene – og ikke minst – om de seneste funnene. Denne episoden ble spilt inn i samarbeid med Svalbard Museum, i forbindelse med UNIS sitt 30-års-jubileum. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Stig, Siiri & Holt - Arctic Safety Centre
20:37We will talk about the Arctic Safety Centre and the ARCT-RISK project, a Research Council of Norway funded project focused on management of climate-related risk in Longyearbyen. This project, which employees all three researchers we interviewed, seeks to develop knowledge and tools to manage the effects of climate change on societies using the rapid climatic changes in Longyearbyen as a case-study. As an example of the collaboration between stakeholders this project encourages, we discuss a snow monitoring project involving cooperation between the municipality, Telenor Svalbard, and the Governor. By using relatively cheap technology, like what you would find in a smart home, the scientists can monitor the snow depth around town, and in real time send the data to avalanche observers and other risk managers. The system works so well that the Arctic Safety Centre has started a cooperation with Honningsvåg to assist them with the same technology and knowledge. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Gijsbert Breedveld - PFAS
23:28They are tiny, they are everywhere, and they are bad for us and the environment. In this episode we are joined by Doctor Gijsbert Breedveld, professor in environmental geochemistry, and department leader of the technology department here at UNIS. Gijs’ field of expertise is per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also called PFAS, and he research contaminants in soil and groundwater, and how they can pose a risk to the environment and our health. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Arunima Sen - The Nansen Legacy & Benthos
17:22In this episode we are joined by associate professor in biology at UNIS, Arunima Sen. We are going deep into the ocean, into the bottom sediments, where Arunima is doing benthos research as a part of the Nansen Legacy project. The Nansen Legacy is a massive research cooperation uniting almost 300 researchers and students from ten Norwegian research institutions. We’ll talk about life on a Arctic science cruise, which is quite different to what you might picture a cruise in the Caribbean is like. The podcast is produced by technician Simen Salomonsen Hjelle and information adviser Maria Philippa Rossi. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Pernille B. Eidesen - FieldPass
24:10In this episode we are joined by Pernille Bronken Eidesen, senior lecturer at the Laboratory School in Biology at University of Oslo and adjunct professor at UNIS. Pernille has been involved in FieldPass, a project testing and developing alternative assessment methods for practical skills and generic competences. Field work is an important part of the teaching at UNIS, and students gain valuable skills, but these skills are not always easy to assess. In this episode Pernille explains more about the project and her work. The podcast is produced by technician Simen Salomonsen Hjelle and information adviser Maria Philippa Rossi. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Heïdi Sevestre - Science Communication & Glaciology
31:41In this episode of The ColdCast we meet glaciologist and science communicator Heïdi Sevestre. In the spring of 2021, Heidi and three fellow glaciologists went on a month-long research expedition in Svalbard – on skis! And what they experienced there was too important to not be communicated. Heidi’s passion is that science and research gets communicated beyond academia. It’s important that the knowledge reaches politicians, stakeholders – and you! The podcast is produced by technician Simen Salomonsen Hjelle and information adviser Maria Philippa Rossi. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.