2017

An front of a glacier at Svalbard meet the ocean. Illustration photo: Colourbox.com
Published Dec. 1, 2017 3:04 PM

Glaciers are in constant motion forward, but now and then some of them have very fast movements forward - a surge - and loose much of its ice mass in the front. Scientists try to understand the physics and the icemass loss in these movements. Four of University of Oslo's experts in glaciology and remote sensing at Department of Geosciences are now interviewed in an article in the scientific journal Science about claciers and surging events. 

The Langfjordjøkulen in Finnmark has decreased in the recent years. This picture is taken July 16, 2016 where you see the front of the glacier at the end of the valley. The ice tongue has retreated throughout the valley during about a 100 years period. Photo: Jonas Paulsen
Published Aug. 31, 2017 3:00 PM

There are many glaciers in the Norwegian landscape. They are at risk of decline drastically and perhaps disappearing due to a warmer climate. Especially exposed are the glaciers in Northern Norway and the smallest glaciers. Interview with Solveig Havstad Winsvold in the newspaper Morgenbladet in the column 'The doctor answers' in June.

In the National Gallery, Oslo is The Scream exhibited with several other famous paintings of Munch. This version is; Edvard Munch, Skrik, 1893. About the painting. Photo; Gunn Kristin Tjoflot/UiO
Published June 29, 2017 9:02 PM

“Scream”, Edvard Munch’s painting, shows a blood-red sky over the Oslo fjord. “Suddenly the sky became red as blood” - Munch describes this event as scaring. Was it pollution particles from a volcano eruption which caused this red sky? Three Norwegian meteorologists offer an new hypothesis: was it mother-of-pearl clouds Munch saw and painted in 1892.? The article in the journal Weather has got huge media attention.

Typical view of Mauritius beachfront with volcanic mountains in background. The basaltic lavas constituting these mountains formed no older than 9 million years ago. Photo; Susan J. Webb, Prof., University of the Witwatersrand
Published Feb. 2, 2017 10:28 AM

The new article from Trond H. Torsvik et al about Mauritia - the lost continent in the Indean Ocean gets a lot of attention from the press worldwide. Latest is an article in the German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, one of Europe's largest publications of its kind.