Remote Sensing Working Group (RSWG)

Contact and secretary for RSWG:

The RSWG directive is to

  • Assess the status of the SIOS community’s satellite data requirements for Svalbard and the Arctic Ocean, and keep track of any relevant developments within the ESA-EC Copernicus programme;
  • Assess the SIOS community’s needs for producing specific remotely-sensed data sets and decide which SIOS partners will be generating these data products;
  • Work in step with the SIOS Data Management Service regarding the integration of the remotely-sensed data products in the SIOS web portal;
  • Work with the appropriate agencies to promote Svalbard as a Cal/Val site;
  • Serve as a forum where future research directions in Arctic satellite remote sensing are discussed.

The RSWG work programme for 2018

  • Generate a Product Inventory Document (PID) in which remotely-sensed data products that are already available at each SIOS member institution are identified
  • Integrate prioritised products for access via the SIOS web-portal in collaboration with the SIOS Data Management System (SDMS)
  • Generate a User Requirement Document (URD) that clarifies the SIOS needs for satellite data from the national ground segment (especially in relation to the Copernicus ground segment)
  • Establish a coordinated strategy for dedicated processing of satellite data and product development and identifying which products should be generated on an operational basis
  • Implement the Norwegian Space Centre’s Copernicus Svalbard projects on dedicated processing of satellite data within the domain-specific expertise of the RSWG
  • Create an access programme for ground validation/verification of satellite products in consultation with the Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee (RICC)

Associated task forces

There are currently no task forces associated with RSWG.


RSWG members