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CARE opererer pr. i dag som en forskningsgruppe med Idrettshøgskolen, Institutt for Psykologi  og Handelshøgskolen ved UiT som eiere. I tillegg til eierinstituttene er NVE partner i CARE»


Idag har vi følgende personer tilknyttet  senteret:

Faglig personell:
Audun Hetland: Researcher


Audun Hetland is associate professor at CARE. He holds a PhD in psychology and his main research interest are: motivation, emotions, experienced safety and how this impact decision making.

He has been studying extreme sport athletes like BASE jumpers, skydivers, mountain bikers and downhill skiers.  Audun is also member of the UiT board and coordinator in CARE.

More information here: https://uit.no/om/enhet/ansatte/person?p_document_id=174694&p_dimension_id=88120


Matthew Stephensen: PhD.


Decision-making in avalanche terrain: Judgement under risk and uncertainty
Backcountry touring requires proficiency in a range of skill sets, not least of which is the management of avalanche risk.  Backcountry skiers must correctly select, process, and apply information cues to manage a complex hazard in a highly variable environment.  This is no simple task, and is easily affected by numerous individual and circumstantial factors.  This research explores how cognitive biases and other subjective factors affect both judgements of avalanche safety and the confidence in those judgements.  Findings from this research will inform the ongoing development decision-making tools and guidelines for increased safety and enjoyment in avalanche terrain.

Andrea Mannberg: Researcher

Email: andrea.mannberg@uit.no

Andrea Mannberg is associate professor in economics at the School of Business and Economics at UiT – Arctic university of Norway. Mannberg is principal investigator of the 4 year research project – The risks we take and the life we make – effects of positional preferences and bounded rationality on risk-taking behavior – funded by the Norwegian Research Council. The project is cross-disciplinary collaboration with researchers at CARE, e.g., Audun Hetland, Markus Landrø and Rune Engeset, and with international partners: Professor Jordy Hendrikx and Professor Jerry D. Johnson at Snow and Avalanche Lab, Montana State University, and professor Tomas Sjögren at School of Business and Economics, Umeå University. The project has three work packages (WP:s). WP 1 focuses on how social identification and the desire to gain social status is related to willingness to take risks, and WP 2 focuses on how incidental emotions affect the ability to evaluate risk and the tendency to engage in risk-taking behavior. The final work package, WP 3, aims to evaluate how trends in avalanche hazard affects perceived danger and behavior in avalanche terrain.

Project webpage: https://whiteheatsite.wordpress.com/

Bjørn Michaelsen: Researcher 

98619997, bjorn.michaelsen@uit.no

Geographer (UiB)

1992 Outdoor life educator/instructor at (Øytun) Alta folkehogskole
1998 – 2016 Ski- and Avalanche instructor full year course – Off piste
2001 – Ski- and Avalanche instructor full season course – Ski og skred
2001 – Five annual Domestic and International Ski og avalanche Workshops
2002 – Contributed within Ski & Avalanche conferences Domestic and Internationally​
2002 – Avalanche Course and Consultant for regional contractors
2011 – Contributed to the Norwegian Avalanche Warning Service
2012 – Avalanche consultant for the Norwegian Road Authorities
2013 – Avalanche Courses for snow mobilers regional level
Current research at CARE:
2014 The Art of skiing indisciplined during Level 2 conditions (ISSW 2014)
–  Development of a new approach within avalanche terrain during deep persistent week layer situations
2016 – Observing Ski Touring and Decision making in the Alps. What ordinary people do or Not Do and Why? (ISSW 2016)
The project wants to observe what people really do contributing to new theory on behaviour and decision-making. Observing how people ski tour might give new insights we have missed and that locals can’t see within their habits and tradition. Field work will continue within the European Alps and US Rockies.


Rune Engeset: Associate professor II

99038868, rue@nve.no

Rune Engeset is appointed associate professor II at CARE (School of Sports Science) at the University of Tromsø. His main interests are avalanche forecasting and risk management. Rune is also the head of the glaciology group at the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) and the Norwegian Avalanche Warning Service at Varsom.no. Rune has a PhD in satellite-based earth observation of snow and ice from the University of Oslo.

Jeg biveilder per i dag 2 masterstudenter:
Paul Velsand paul.velsand@gmail.com ved Institutt for geologi.
Anders Johansen ajo101@post.uit.no ved Handelshøyskolen i Tromsø.

Markus Landrø: PhD.

90201696, mala@nve.no

Cohabitant and two Kids. Master degree from Norwegian university of sports, IFMGA- mountain guide. Author of two avalanche books and numerous articles about avalanches. In charge of the observer network for the national avalanche forecast. Phd. Research project regarding decision-making in avalanche terrain. Favorite snow – 10 cm of soft spring snow.

Sigmund Andersen, Researcher


IFMGA – Mountain guide that settled in the high arctic islands of Svalbard. Got access to the noble world of university education  by taking part in developing and establishing the Arctic Nature Guide study program on Svalbard. Do have a master in psychology from NTNU.  The research and development work done so far in related to nature based tourism, the guide role, learning and experiences in nature and risk and safety in a commercial context.

Carsten Rolland, Instituttleder Idrettshøgskolen
95122864, carsten.g.rolland@uit.no


Espen Nordahl (prosject manager)

91882124, espen.nordahl@uit.no


Kontaktinfoliste personer tilknyttet CARE/Contact details people connected to CARE:

Telefon/Phone E-post / E-mail
Andrea Mannberg 92082025 andrea.mannberg@uit.no
Audun Hetland 93041612 audun.hetland@uit.no
Bjørn Michaelsen 98619997 bjorn.michaelsen@uit.no
Carsten Rolland 95122864 carsten.g.rolland@uit.no
Derek Clark 47029159 derek.clark@uit.no 
Espen Nordahl 91119173 espen.nordahl@uit.no
Ingunn Skre 90846485 ingunn.skre@uit.no
Markus Landrø 90201696 mala@nve.no
Matthew Stephensen 99295698 matthew.stephensen@uit.no
Rune Engeset 99038868 rue@nve.no
Sigmund Andersen 79026442 sigmund.andersen@uit.no

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