Webinar series: An anchor point to a drifting world!

This webinar mini series has been initiated by the SIOS remote sensing service as a response to the new challenges posed by COVID-19 and will take place approximately every month.

Several speakers will present recent observations and opportunities in relation to remote sensing platforms, leaving room for discussion and creating a social experience within the research community.

The aim of this webinar series is to keep you updated, provide a social experience, help to engage the Svalbard research community, and offer you an anchor point to a drifting world!

If you would like to contribute as a speaker or recommend a speaker to the webinar or have further questions, please contact our remote sensing officer: remotesensing@sios-svalbard.org

Webinar#5: 23 October 2020, 15:00 - 16:30 (CEST)

Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI) cusp rocket missions in Svalbard and their relevance to atmospheric studies

Register to the webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


15:00 - 15:10 Shridhar Jawak (SIOS Remote Sensing Officer):
Welcome, updates from SIOS-KC and introduction to the webinar

15:10 - 15:25 Jøran Moen (UNIS):  
GCI-Cusp history and its relevance to Svalbard studies

--- 5 min break for questions and leg stretching---

15:30 - 15:45 Andres Spicher (University of Oslo):  
GCI-Cusp: an observing system for the dynamics of the upper polar atmosphere above Svalbard

--- 5 min break for questions and arm stretching ---

15:50 - 16:05 Douglas Rowland (NASA):  
The VISIONS-2 rocket mission: exploring atmospheric escape in the Earth's cusp

--- 5 min break for questions and back stretching ---

16:10 - 16:25 Kolbjørn Blix (Andøya Space Centre):  
Grand Challenge Initiative - M/LT project

--- Questions and end of webinar ---

Webinar#4: 31 August - 4 September 2020

Special edition: Lectures during the online Terrestrial Remote Sensing Training Course

Webinar#3: 4-5 June 2020

Special edition: Online conference on remote sensing in Svalbard

Webinar#2: 24 April 2020

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/130712621


12:45 - 13:00 Shridhar Jawak (SIOS Remote Sensing Officer):
Welcome, updates from SIOS-KC and introduction to the webinar - PDF, video

13:00 - 13:30 Richard Ashley Morris (NPI):  
Remote sensing of Svalbard mass balance, 2011-2017 - PDF, video

13:30 - 14:00 Hannah Ming Siu Vickers (NORCE):
A 20-Year MODIS-Based Snow Cover Dataset for Svalbard and Its Link to Phenological Timing and Sea Ice Variability - PDF, video

14:00 - 14:30 Lukasz Stachnik (University of Wroclaw):
Carbon cycle in a perspective of glacier recession - marine or terrestrial control? - PDF, video

14:30 - 15:00 Panel Discussion on SIOS data management - PDF
Moderator: Dariusz Ignatiuk (SIOS Science Integration & Data Officer)
Panel: Øystein Godøy, Stein Tronstad, Angelo Viola, Bartłomiej Luks

Discussion topics:

  • What benefits can scientists have from open data policy?
  • How to motivate the scientists to share data? 
  • What are the concerns and obstacles to make data free and open? 
  • How to better link researchers with data managers?
  • How does SDMS contribute to the open science and data sharing?

Webinar#1: 27 March 2020


12:45 - 13:00 Shridhar Jawak (SIOS Remote Sensing Officer)
Welcome and introduction to the webinar - PDF, video

13:00 - 13:30 Agnar Sivertsen (NORCE):
Airborne remote sensing in Svalbard (with emphasis on recently launched SIOS’s opportunity) - PDF, video

13:30 - 14:00 Ann Mari Fjæraa (NILU):
New Pandora Spectrometer instrument and opportunities for atmospheric Cal/Val in Arctic areas - PDF, video

<14:00 - 14:30 Veijo Pohjola (Uppsala University):
Glaciological & microbiological observations of Lomonosovfonna perennial firn aquifer

14:30 - 15:00 Roberto Salzano (CNR):
The support of terrestrial photography on cryospheric studies in Svalbard islands - PDF, video

15:00 - 15:30 Jack Kohler (NPI):
Svalbard glacier mass balance from annual Arctic DEMs 2013-2017 - PDF, video

15:30 - 16:00
Panel discussion: “Damage mitigation for the Svalbard scientific community”
Moderated by Veijo Pohjola, Co-Chair, RSWG
Panel: Heikki Lihavainen (atmospheric measurements), Jack Kohler (glaciology), Agnar Sivertsen (remote sensing), Roberto Salzano (terrestrial remote sensing), Ann Mari Fjæraa (cal/val)

The panel discussion will focus on what kind of data and field activities are being affected due to current situation. The remote sensing community will respond on how they can help in this situation.

  • What are possible effects of the current situation on Svalbard research in general?
  • How would EO/RS based studies get affected?
  • How to control the damage because of cancelled field campaigns and data loss by using remote sensing observations?
  • Can we fill all the data gaps in observations using remote sensing?
  • What can be done to fill the gap of missing ground truthing this year?