SESS report 2019

The State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report 2019 has been released during the SIOS Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen, January 2020. It is the second issue of an annual series of reports published by SIOS. This year's report includes reviews of existing data and activities, data summaries and updates from last year's chapters. It is a unique description of current activities and collaboration, as well as recommendations for the future in Svalbard research.

The SESS report is published in two versions:

SESS report 2019 – Summary for Stakeholders

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Citation: please cite the full report

SESS report 2019 – Full report

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Citation of entire report: Van den Heuvel F, Hübner C, Błaszczyk M, Heimann M, Lihavainen H (eds) 2020: SESS report 2019, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, Longyearbyen.

Citation of chapters in report: All authors (2020) Title of chapter. In: Van den Heuvel et al (eds) SESS report 2019, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, Longyearbyen, pp xx-xx. DOI-link of chapter

Download scientific chapters separately:

Karlsen SR, Stendardi L, Nilsen L, Malnes E, Eklundh L, Julitta T, Burkart A, Tømmervik H (2020) Sentinel satellite-based mapping of plant productivity in relation to snow duration and time of green-up.

2 - COAT
Pedersen ÅØ, Stien J, Albon S, Fuglei E, Isaksen K, Liston G, Jepsen JU, Madsen J, Ravolainen VT, Reinking AK, Soininen EM, Stien A, van der Wal R, Yoccoz NG, Ims RA (2020) Climate-Ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra.

3 - KLEO
Retelle M, Christiansen H, Hodson A, Nikulina A, Osuch M, Poleshuk K, Romashova K, Roof S, Rouyet L, Strand SM, Vasilevich I, Wawrzyniak T (2020) Environmental Monitoring in the Kapp Linné-Grønfjorden Region.

Schuler TV, Glazovsky A, Hagen JO, Hodson A, Jania J, Kääb A, Kohler J, Luks B, Malecki J, Moholdt G, Pohjola V, van Pelt W (2020) New data, new techniques and new challenges for updating the state of Svalbard glaciers.

Köhler A, Gajek W, Malinowski M, Schweitzer J, Majdanski M, Geissler W, Chamarczuk M, Wuestefeld A (2020) Seismological monitoring of Svalbard’s cryosphere: current status and knowledge gaps.

6 - FastIce
Gerland S, Pavlova O, Divine D, Negrel J, Dahlke S, Johansson AM, Maturilli M, Semmling M (2020) Long-term monitoring of landfast sea ice extent and thickness in Kongsfjorden, and related applications (FastIce).

Sipilä M, Hoppe CJM, Viola A, Mazzola M, Krejci R, Zieger P, Beck L, Petäjä T (2020) Multidisciplinary research on biogenically driven new particle formation in Svalbard.

8 - ABC Svalbard
Gilardoni S, Lupi A, Mazzola M, Cappelletti DM, Moroni B, Ferrero L, Markuszewski P, Rozwadowska A, Krecji R, Zieger P, Tunved P, Karlsson L, Vratolis S, Eleftheriadis K, Viola AP (2020) Atmospheric black carbon in Svalbard.

9 - ProVeSAS
Mazzola M, Viola AP, Cappelletti DM, Ritter C, Storvold R (2020) Probing of the Vertical Structure of the lower Atmosphere over Svalbard.

10 - PermaSval
Christiansen HH, Gilbert G, Demidov N, Guglielmin M, Isaksen K, Osuch M, Boike J (2020) Permafrost temperatures and active layer thickness in Svalbard during 2017/2018.

11 - SOA
Bensi M, Kovacevic V, Langone L, Miserocchi S, Demarte M, Ivaldi R (2020) Spitsbergen Oceanic and Atmospheric interactions.

12 - CPR Survey
Edwards M, Helaouet P, Ostle C, Johns D, Wootton M, Strand E, Bagoien E (2020) The continuous plankton recorder survey-monitoring plankton in the Nordic Sea (CPR Survey).

13 - GCI-Cusp
Moen J, Spicher A, Takahashi T, Rowland DE, Kletzing C, LaBelle J, Larsen M, Conde M, Saito Y, Blix K (2020) Grand Challenge Initiative – Cusp: observational network for solar wind-driven dynamics of the top atmosphere (GCI-Cusp).