Arctic Technology

The AT courses offered at UNIS are especially designed for today’s Arctic technology challenges including priority aspects of climate change, as the courses have the advantage of being taught in an Arctic environment where this type of technology has been applied for many decades. At UNIS students conduct field activities implemented in actual research projects.

There are two main fields within the AT department:


Arctic Engineering:

Knowledge of Arctic engineering technology is essential to provide sound design and construction recommendations both offshore and onshore in the Arctic. UNIS students can participate in infrastructure projects on Svalbard, as well as field studies of sea-ice properties in the adjacent seas. Studies on avalanches and slides in the mountains of Svalbard are integrated into the Arctic Technology course portfolio. Field investigations, together with laboratory testing and numerical analysis create the basis for understanding thermo-mechanical properties and processes in snow, permafrost and ice. At UNIS students will have an excellent opportunity to investigate, design and perform mitigation measures for infrastructures under a changing climate.


Arctic Environmental Technology:

Present levels of pollutants, degradation processes, spreading mechanisms and environmental effects need to be well understood when designing efficient response strategies with the aim to reduce the environmental impacts. The department is specialized in various topics in environmental pollution, such as toxicology, fate and long-range transport of persistent organic pollutants and environmental risk assessment and modelling.

Program details

Academic level(s)Bachelor,Master,PhD
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity Centre in Svalbard
Fields of studyEngineering and engineering trades (broad programmes)Environmental protection technology
Tagsarcticenvironmenttechnologyclimate changenatural resourcesengineering
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