First SESS report

The first SESS report will be released during the SIOS Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen, January 2019. A call for contributions was issued in August 2017 and 6 proposal got funded (see table). These contribution have been submitted during spring 2019 and are currently under evaluation.

The review process includes an editorial review, a scrutiny by the Science Optimisation Advisory Board and a combined expert and open review in autumn 2018. Evaluation criteria include scientific excellence, relevance to the goal of SIOS to optimise the Observing System, and innovative potential. 

In addition to the funded contributions, additional chapters on relevant topics will be published in the final report.

Table: Accepted projects during the pilot period 2017/2018. (* Funding for SESS part of combined SESS and Access project)

Project title PI Institution Funding (NOK)
Spitsbergen Oceanic and Atmospheric interaction (SOA) Manuel Bensi National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics, Italy 390 708
Integrated Marine Observatory Partnership (iMOP) Finlo Cottier Scottish Association for Marine Science, United Kingdom 445 000
The Lower Atmosphere above Svalbard (LAS) Angelo Pietro Viola The Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, CNR, Italy 450 000
Microbial activity monitoring by the integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (MamSIOS) David Pearce University of Northumbria at Newcastle, United Kingdom 136 177
Permafrost thermal state in Svalbard 2017-2018 (PermaSval) Hanne H. Christiansen University Centre in Svalbard, Norway 401 750*
Snow Observation in Svalbard (SOS) Jean-Charles Gallet Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway 134 000*
Svalbard and Nordic Sea plankton monitoring by the Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey Martin Edwards Marine Biological Association, Plymouth, UK in-kind
Grand Challenge Initiative – Cusp for SIOS Jøran Moen University of Oslo in-kind
Observations of the solar UV irradiance and ozone column at Svalbard Boyan Petkov Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR), Italy in-kind