Special issue on remote sensing applications in Svalbard

Over the past three decades, tremendous developments in Earth Observation (EO) satellites have made significant contributions to the spatial-spectral-temporal sampling and subsequent extraction of geoinformation (GI) from the Arctic. Svalbard is probably the region in the Arctic with the most in situ measurements; still, there are massive gaps. Such data gaps can be filled using frequent satellite-based acquisitions, new product generation using remote sensing (RS), and integration of in situ data with satellite-based information. This Special Issue provided a broad platform to various regional and Svalbard-wide studies that were conducted using EO/RS/GI.

Submission Information (closed)

We are pleased to announce SIOS’s special issue on " Earth Observation (EO), Remote Sensing (RS) and Geoinformation (GI) applications in Svalbard" in the journal Remote Sensing.

Details about manuscript submission, scope of the special issue, and editorial board can be found on the special issue webpage: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/remotesensing/special_issues/SIOS.

Special Discount on Article Processing Charge (APC)

50% discount on the APC for

  • manuscripts from guest editors;
  • papers resulting from SIOS activities, e.g. SIOS-InfraNor, SESS report chapters, and SIOS Access Projects.

30% discount on APC for manuscripts

  • invited by guest editors;
  • submitted by authors from SIOS member institutes (at least one author from a SIOS member institute);
  • resulting from MDPI online conference;
  • submitted by any PhD student as a first or corresponding author (from SIOS member and non-member institutes).

In any case, two discounts will not be combined to avail more than 50% discount. To avail these useful discounts, it is recommended to mention it clearly in the cover letter while submitting the manuscript.

We especially encourage contributors to provide access of data and products generated as a part of the study via the SIOS data management system (SDMS).

Submission period for the special issue: 1 March 2020 - 30 June 2022

Special Issue Editors
  • Dr. Shridhar Jawak Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS), SIOS Knowledge Centre, Svalbard Science Centre, P.O. Box 156, N-9171 Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
  • Prof. Dr. Andreas Kääb Department of Geosciences, University of Oslo, P.O Box 1047, Blindern, 0316 Oslo, Norway
  • Prof. Dr. Veijo Pohjola Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, 752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
  • Prof. Hiroyuki Enomoto National Institute of Polar Research, 10-3, Midori-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-8518, Japan
  • Dr. Geir Moholdt Norwegian Polar Institute, Fram Centre, P.O. Box 6606 Langnes, N-9296 Tromsø, Norway
  • Dr. Kjell Arild Høgda NORCE Technology, NORCE Norwegian Research Center AS, Sykehusvn 21, 9019 Tromsø, Norway
  • Dr. Małgorzata Błaszczyk Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Silesia in Katowice, Bankowa 12, 40-007 Katowice, Poland
  • Dr. Bo N. Andersen Norwegian Space Agency (NoSA) and Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System - Knowledge Centre (SIOS-KC), Svalbard Forskningspark, P.O. Box 156, N-9171 Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway
  • Ms. Ann Mari Fjæraa Atmosphere and Climate Department, Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), P.O box 100, 2027 Kjeller, Norway
  • Dr. Bartłomiej Luks Department of Polar and Marine Research, Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, 01-452 Warszawa, Poland
  • Dr. Roberto Salzano Institute for Atmospheric Pollution Research (IIA), National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Via Madonna del Piano 10, 50019 Sesto Fiorentino, Italy
  • Dr. Frode Dinessen Remote Sensing and Data Management, Norwegian Meteorological Institute (MET Norway), PO Box 6314 Langnes, 9293 Tromsø, Norway
Published Papers (20 papers)

Status of Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Applications in Svalbard

by Shridhar D. Jawak, Veijo Pohjola, Andreas Kääb, Bo N. Andersen, Małgorzata Błaszczyk, Roberto Salzano, Bartłomiej Luks, Hiroyuki Enomoto, Kjell Arild Høgda, Geir Moholdt, Frode Dinessen and Ann Mari Fjæraa

Remote Sens. 2023, 15(2), 513; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs15020513 - 15 Jan 2023


Multispectral Characteristics of Glacier Surface Facies (Chandra-Bhaga Basin, Himalaya, and Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard) through Investigations of Pixel and Object-Based Mapping Using Variable Processing Routines

by Shridhar D. Jawak, Sagar F. Wankhede, Alvarinho J. Luis, and Keshava Balakrishna

Remote Sens. 2022, 14(24), 6311; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14246311 - 13 Dec 2022


Effect of Image-Processing Routines on Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis for Mapping Glacier Surface Facies from Svalbard and the Himalayas

by Shridhar D. Jawak, Sagar F. Wankhede, Alvarinho J. Luis and Keshava Balakrishna

Remote Sens. 2022, 14(17), 4403; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14174403 - 04 Sep 2022


Spatio-Temporal Variability of Suspended Particulate Matter in a High-Arctic Estuary (Adventfjorden, Svalbard) Using Sentinel-2 Time-Series

by Daniela M. R. Walch, Rakesh K. Singh, Janne E. Søreide, Hugues Lantuit and Amanda Poste

Remote Sens. 2022, 14(13), 3123; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14133123 - 29 Jun 2022


The Collection of Hyperspectral Measurements on Snow and Ice Covers in Polar Regions (SISpec 2.0)

by Rosamaria Salvatori, Roberto Salzano, Mauro Valt, Riccardo Cerrato and Stefano Ghergo

Remote Sens. 2022, 14(9), 2213; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14092213 - 05 May 2022


Multi-Sensor Analysis of Snow Seasonality and a Preliminary Assessment of SAR Backscatter Sensitivity to Arctic Vegetation: Limits and Capabilities

by Laura Stendardi, Stein Rune Karlsen, Eirik Malnes, Lennart Nilsen, Hans Tømmervik, Elisabeth J. Cooper and Claudia Notarnicola

Remote Sens. 2022, 14(8), 1866; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14081866 - 13 Apr 2022


Impact of Image-Processing Routines on Mapping Glacier Surface Facies from Svalbard and the Himalayas Using Pixel-Based Methods

by Shridhar D. Jawak, Sagar F. Wankhede, Alvarinho J. Luis and Keshava Balakrishna

Remote Sens. 2022, 14(6), 1414; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14061414 - 15 Mar 2022


Evaluation of Satellite-Derived Estimates of Lake Ice Cover Timing on Linnévatnet, Kapp Linné, Svalbard Using In-Situ Data

by Samuel E. Tuttle, Steven R. Roof, Michael J. Retelle, Alan Werner, Grant E. Gunn and Erin L. Bunting

Remote Sens. 2022, 14(6), 1311; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14061311 - 09 Mar 2022


Airborne Validation of ICESat-2 ATLAS Data over Crevassed Surfaces and Other Complex Glacial Environments: Results from Experiments of Laser Altimeter and Kinematic GPS Data Collection from a Helicopter over a Surging Arctic Glacier (Negribreen, Svalbard)

by Ute C. Herzfeld, Matthew Lawson, Thomas Trantow and Thomas Nylen

Remote Sens. 2022, 14(5), 1185; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14051185 - 27 Feb 2022


Combined Use of Aerial Photogrammetry and Terrestrial Laser Scanning for Detecting Geomorphological Changes in Hornsund, Svalbard

by Małgorzata Błaszczyk, Michał Laska, Agnar Sivertsen and Shridhar D. Jawak

Remote Sens. 2022, 14(3), 601; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14030601 - 26 Jan 2022


Fifty Years of Tidewater Glacier Surface Elevation and Retreat Dynamics along the South-East Coast of Spitsbergen (Svalbard Archipelago)

by Jan Kavan, Guy D. Tallentire, Mihail Demidionov, Justyna Dudek and Mateusz C. Strzelecki

Remote Sens. 2022, 14(2), 354; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14020354 - 13 Jan 2022


Eddies in the Marginal Ice Zone of Fram Strait and Svalbard from Spaceborne SAR Observations in Winter

by Igor E. Kozlov and Oksana A. Atadzhanova

Remote Sens. 2022, 14(1), 134; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs14010134 - 29 Dec 2021


Properties of Cirrus Clouds over the European Arctic (Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard)

by Konstantina Nakoudi, Christoph Ritter and Iwona S. Stachlewska

Remote Sens. 2021, 13(22), 4555; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13224555 - 12 Nov 2021


Disturbance Mapping in Arctic Tundra Improved by a Planning Workflow for Drone Studies: Advancing Tools for Future Ecosystem Monitoring

by Isabell Eischeid, Eeva M. Soininen, Jakob J. Assmann, Rolf A. Ims, Jesper Madsen, Åshild Ø. Pedersen, Francesco Pirotti, Nigel G. Yoccoz and Virve T. Ravolainen

Remote Sens. 2021, 13(21), 4466; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13214466 - 06 Nov 2021


Time-Series of Cloud-Free Sentinel-2 NDVI Data Used in Mapping the Onset of Growth of Central Spitsbergen, Svalbard

by Stein Rune Karlsen, Laura Stendardi, Hans Tømmervik, Lennart Nilsen, Ingar Arntzen and Elisabeth J. Cooper

Remote Sens. 2021, 13(15), 3031; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13153031 - 02 Aug 2021


Seasonal InSAR Displacements Documenting the Active Layer Freeze and Thaw Progression in Central-Western Spitsbergen, Svalbard

by Line Rouyet, Lin Liu, Sarah Marie Strand, Hanne Hvidtfeldt Christiansen, Tom Rune Lauknes and Yngvar Larsen

Remote Sens. 2021, 13(15), 2977; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13152977 - 28 Jul 2021


A Compilation of Snow Cover Datasets for Svalbard: A Multi-Sensor, Multi-Model Study

by Hannah Vickers, Eirik Malnes, Ward J. J. van Pelt, Veijo A. Pohjola, Mari Anne Killie, Tuomo Saloranta and Stein Rune Karlsen

Remote Sens. 2021, 13(10), 2002; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13102002 - 20 May 2021


Does the Intra-Arctic Modification of Long-Range Transported Aerosol Affect the Local Radiative Budget? (A Case Study)

by Konstantina Nakoudi, Christoph Ritter, Christine Böckmann, Daniel Kunkel, Oliver Eppers, Vladimir Rozanov, Linlu Mei, Vasileios Pefanis, Evelyn Jäkel, Andreas Herber, Marion Maturilli and Roland Neuber

Remote Sens. 2020, 12(13), 2112; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12132112 - 01 Jul 2020


A 20-Year MODIS-Based Snow Cover Dataset for Svalbard and Its Link to Phenological Timing and Sea Ice Variability

by Hannah Vickers, Stein Rune Karlsen and Eirik Malnes

Remote Sens. 2020, 12(7), 1123; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs12071123 - 01 Apr 2020


SIOS’s Earth Observation (EO), Remote Sensing (RS), and Operational Activities in Response to COVID-19

by Shridhar D. Jawak, Bo N. Andersen, Veijo A. Pohjola, Øystein Godøy, Christiane Hübner, Inger Jennings, Dariusz Ignatiuk, Kim Holmén, Agnar Sivertsen, Richard Hann, Hans Tømmervik, Andreas Kääb, Małgorzata Błaszczyk, Roberto Salzano, Bartłomiej Luks, Kjell Arild Høgda, Rune Storvold, Lennart Nilsen, Rosamaria Salvatori, Kottekkatu Padinchati Krishnan, Sourav Chatterjee, Dag A. Lorentzen, Rasmus Erlandsson, Tom Rune Lauknes, Eirik Malnes, Stein Rune Karlsen, Hiroyuki Enomoto, Ann Mari Fjæraa, Jie Zhang, Sabine Marty, Knut Ove Nygård and Heikki Lihavainen

Remote Sens. 2021, 13(4), 712; https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13040712 - 15 Feb 2021