Climate research using lasers and water pipes
Global warming disturbs the delicate balance of the ocean currents. Petroleum and climate researchers work together to try and understand what is happening beneath the surface of the Atlantic Ocean.
Will our cultural heritage stand up to freak rains?
Using an old 19th century apartment block in Oslo as a case study, researchers are looking for conservation measures for heritage buildings. How can we make them watertight, insulated and protected against future climate change?
Towards a bioeconomic future
Can our forests, seaweed, grass and fisheries waste be transformed into new and valuable raw materials? Researchers are asking 1500 Norwegian companies what they're currently doing with their resources, and what they see themselves doing in 2030.
Historic climate data stored on the ocean floor in microscopic fossils
The climate is always changing. Mohamed Ezat has investigated climate changes in the Norwegian and North Atlantic seas that have occurred over the past 135 000 years.
“Snowball Earth” mystery solved
The deep freeze of the Earth some 650 million years ago was not total. New research by UNIS professor Doug Benn and an international team shows that the climate was sensitive to variations in the Earth's orbit around the sun, resulting in cycles of ice sheet retreat and allowing lakes to form, rivers to flow, and simple microbial life to flourish.
Northern nature under stress
High northern latitudes are increasingly exposed to the combination of extreme winter climate and deposition of long-distance dispersed nitrogen pollution. These combined pressures may over time drive changes in plant composition and carbon uptake.
Fishing vessel transformed into a wave power plant
Is it possible for a redundant fishing vessel to be used as a power plant? Absolutely. The first vessel of its kind is now anchored offshore in Norway, with the aim of generating electricity from the natural forces of the sea.
Seventeen projects to generate knowledge about ecosystems
A total of NOK 240 million has been awarded to 17 projects to study the responses of ecosystems to changes in climate and the environment as well as the cumulative effects on the ecosystem.
An arctic animal community crashes in response to extreme weather events
What happens when animals in harsh environments are exposed to extreme weather? Scientists found that extreme icing caused widespread die-offs in one arctic animal community. Climate change may cause more such extremes.
Making climate taxes more acceptable
A majority of Norwegians would accept increased climate taxes – if the taxes are understood as targeting specific environmental purposes. Earmarking of the revenues could help to gain public acceptance for such taxes.