Access projects in 2018

Applications to the SIOS pilot access call 2017 were assessed in four stages: an initial screening by SIOS-KC, a scientific evaluation by the Science Optimisation Advisory Group (SOAG), a feasibility assessment by the Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee (RICC) and final approval by the Interim Steering Board (ISB).

The final approved list of participants in the pilot access programme is shown in table 1 below. The projects will all conduct fieldwork in 2018 and must submit a short update on their project to SIOS by 1 October 2018.

Table 1: Accepted projects from the pilot call 2017 (* Funding for Access part of combined SESS and Access project)
Project title PI Institution Funding (NOK)
Contribution of Vegetation and Soil components to Carbon cycle in Arctic environment in relationship to climate change (VegSoCA) Angela Augusti Institute for Agroenvironmental and Forest Biology, CNR, Italy 260 000
Observation and Analysis of the Surge of Negribreen, Svalbard and its Relevance for Understanding the Arctic System (NegribreenSurge) Ute Herzfeld University of Colorado Boulder, United States of America 140 000
Structure of a surge type glacier from multi-offset ground penetrating radar (SuMOGPR) Richard Delf University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom 142 000
Permafrost thermal state in Svalbard 2017-2018 (PermaSval) Hanne H. Christiansen University Centre in Svalbard, Norway 49 450*
Snow Observation in Svalbard (SOS) Jean-Charles Gallet Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway 254 000*











Project updates

The participants in the pilot project Snow Observation in Svalbard (SOS) performed their field work on snow monitoring in north western Spitsbergen in March 2018. They travelled 1200 km on snowmobiles in order to fulfill their ambitious measuring program.

Snow is a particularly useful climate indicator, as it interacts with all Arctic climate systems and is sensitive to change. The last major snow monitoring effort for central-west Svalbard was carried out in 1997, and given the observable changes in Arctic climate, it is critical to update these data. The SOS project updates the existing data sets by repeating the 1997 transect in addition to mapping previously uncharacterized glaciers. 

SOS consists of a group of young researchers: Jean Charles Gallet (Norwegian Polar Institute, Tromsø, Norway), Mats Björkman (University of Gothenburg, Sweden), Andrea Spolaor (National Research Council of Italy, Italy), Bartek Luks (Institute for Geophysics, Polish Academy of Science, Poland), Chris Borstad (University Centre in Svalbard, Norway), and Catherine Larose (National Center for Scientific Research, France). They were assisted in their field campaign by Christian Zoelly (Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway).

You can read more about their project here.