Access to SIOS Research Infrastructure

SIOS Access Programme

The SIOS Access Programme facilitates access to the full breadth of research infrastructure on Svalbard that has been made available to SIOS by its members. The programme is coordinated by the SIOS Knowledge Centre (SIOS-KC) in collaboration with the Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee (RICC).

The distributed infrastructure, known as SIOS RI, is owned and operated by SIOS members. SIOS offers access opportunities to these scientific facilities and research instruments through regular strategic SIOS calls. The first pilot access call was conducted in 2017 with field work taking place in 2018 (see Access projects 2018). Subsequent calls for access will be linked to the research priorities identified in the SESS report. The calls are organised by SIOS-KC, utilising SIOS committees and external reviewers to facilitate an effective and transparent project review and assessment process. Access to SIOS RI is in accordance with the SIOS Access Policy.

SIOS observation facility database

SIOS is currently developing a database bringing together information about all observation facilities which collect SIOS data. An observation facility can be one instrument or a collection of instruments, e.g. a weather station, and is a term used by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The annotation is standardised following the WMO standards in order to make entries unambiguous and interoperable internationally.

The purpose of the database is to make best use of the existing research infrastructure by facilitating the search for given parameters and their location. Such, duplication can be avoided and new measurements can be co-located to existing ones.

The database is developed by two SIOS member institutions, the Research Council of Italy and the Meteorological Institute of Norway.


For general information about research infrastructure in and around Svalbard, please visit the web portal of Svalbard Science Forum.