Webinar series: An anchor point to a drifting world!

This webinar mini series has been initiated by the SIOS remote sensing service in spring 2020 as a response to the new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in order to give the SIOS community an anchor point to a drifting world! The webinars were well received and by now webinars are taking place approximately every month.

Every webinar is dedicated to a specific theme within Earth system science. Usually, 3-6 speakers are invited, leaving room for discussion and creating a social experience within the research community.

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.

All times are in Norwegian time.

Upcoming webinars

Summer break

Previous webinars

Most talks are available as a video.

Webinar #18: 26 May 2023, 10-11 CEST - Ground motion service for Svalbard (InSAR Svalbard)

Registration: Closed

Speakers:  Marie Bredal (NGU) and Line Rouyet (NORCE)

Description: In a new project funded by the Norwegian Space Agency, NGU and NORCE are developing a Ground Motion Service for Svalbard based on Synthetic Aperture Radar Interferometry (InSAR) technology. In this webinar, Marie Bredal and Line Rouyet will present the objectives of the project, describe the workplan and show examples of products. The seminar will include a good time for questions and discussions with the SIOS community.

Webinar #17: 12 May 2023, 10-11 CEST - Citizen science in Svalbard

Registration: Closed


10:00-10:05: Shridhar Jawak (SIOS-KC), Introdcution to webinar and updates from SIOS KC

10:05- 10:20: Nuria Castell (NILU, Norway): Can Citizen Science go beyond awareness raising and contribute to environmental monitoring?

10:20- 10:35: Peter Fretwell (BAS, U.K): Walruses from Space

10:35- 10:50: René van der Wal (SLU, Sweden): How to get citizen science right?

10:50-11:00: Q/A and discussion

Webinar #16: 25 November 2022, 10-11 CET - Machine Learning in Polar regions

Registration: Closed

This webinar focused on different applications of Artificial Intelligence on Arctic-related data. The webinar speakers should guide the diverse arctic science community in demonstrating the usefulness of the AI methods in Earth system science.


10:00-10:05: Updates from SIOS KC- Shridhar Jawak

10:05- 10:10: Sara Aparicio (SIOS ECR Observer) Introduction to the webinar

10:10- 10:25: Ekaterina Kim (NTNU), Human brain vs Deep Learning in Extreme Environment

10:25- 10:40: Konstantin Maslov (University of Twente), Deep Learning for Fully-Automated Glacier Mapping in Arctic Regions

10:40- 10:55: WenWen Li (Arizona State University), Machine learning for Arctic Permafrost Mapping

10:55-11:00: Q/A and discussion

Webinar #15: 16 September 2022 - High-resolution satellite data for Arctic Scientists

Registration: Closed

This webinar focused on (1) How to access or request high-resolution satellite data useful for Arctic scientists?, (2) Which parameters one should think about while requesting data?, (3) What kind of data is available?, (4) What are these data useful for?

In brief, the webinar speakers demonstrate the usefulness of the high resolution data for the Arctic research community, and the ways they can access the data.


  • Shridhar Jawak (SIOS-KC), Updates from SISO-KC
  • Hugo Isaksen (KSAT), Introduction to SAR Satellite Data: Data types, considerations and more
  • Charlotte Bishop (KSAT), Introduction to Optical Satellite Data: Data types, considerations and more
  • Rhodri Phillips (Planet), Planet's optical daily, global imagery for the Arctic research community
Webinar #14: 10 June 2022, 10-12 CEST - Remote sensing of the cryosphere

Registration: Closed

This webinar focuses on outcomes of selected EU-Polar cluster projects listed under the theme Earth observation (https://www.polarcluster.eu/members/categories). A special emphasis is on the role of Earth observation and remote sensing in cryosphere and how these projects contribute to advance our knowledge in polar regions.


  • 10:00 - 10:10: Updates from the SIOS Knowledge Centre and housekeeping (SIOS-KC)
  • 10:10 - 10:25: Introduction to EU Polar Cluster (Anneli Strobel)
  • 10:25 - 10:45: Outcomes from the KEPLER project (Carolina Gabarro)
  • 10:45 - 10:55: Health break
  • 10:55 - 11:35: Outcomes from the INTAROS project (Stein Sandven)
  • 11:15 - 11:35: Expected outcomes from Arctic PASSION project (Jonathan Bamber)
  • 11:35 - 11:50: SIOS Remote Sensing activities and opportunities (SIOS Remote Sensing Working Group)
  • 11:50 - 12:00: Discussion
Webinar #13: 08 February 2022, 10-12:00 - Updates from SIOS-InfraNor

Registration: Closed


10:00 - 10:05: Introduction by SIOS-KC
10:05 - 10:20: Hans Tømmervik -  Results from three years monitoring of vegetation phenology and Sun-Induced Fluorescence (SIF) in Adventdalen, Svalbard - VIDEO
10:20 - 10:35: Åshild Ø. Pedersen - COAT and the ecological condition of Arctic tundra - VIDEO
10:35 - 10:50: Ketil Isaksen- Climatic gradients in Svalbard: weather stations in the COAT network - VIDEO
10:50 - 11:00: BREAK
11:00 - 11:15: Hanne H. Christiansen and Ketil Isaksen - Extending the Svalbard permafrost monitoring network - VIDEO
11:15 - 11:30: Ketil Isaksen - Upgraded weather stations at remote locations - VIDEO
11:30 - 11:45: Eirik Malnes - Snow measurements in Svalbard - VIDEO
11:45 - 12:00: Q&A

Read more about InfraNor.

Webinar #12: 03 December 2021, 13-14:00 - Environmental Impact of Research in Svalbard

Registration: Closed

13:00 - 13:05: Updates from SIOS KC
13:05 - 13:20: Wiebke Hayen and Verena Mohaupt, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI): Estimating the environmental impact of AWI-Science and best practice for mitigation
13:20 - 13:35: Rune Storvold, Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE): Reducing environmental footprints using autonomous vehicles as research tools and sensor platforms from space to the sea floor
13:35 - 13:50: Kjell Tore Hansen: Norwegian Environmental Agency: Proposal for amendments to the Svalbard environmental regulations
13:50 onwards: Q+A session

Webinar #11: 29 October 2021, 10-11:15 - Radar systems and their applications in Svalbard

Registration: Closed


10:00 – 10:05 Shridhar Jawak (SIOS Remote Sensing Officer)
Welcome and updates from SIOS-KC - PDF

10:05 – 10:10 William D. Harcout (University of St Andrews; ECR member of the SIOS remote sensing working group)
Introduction to the webinar - PDF

10:10 – 10:30 Rolf-Ole Rydeng Jenssen (NORCE)
Snow surveys using a drone-borne ultra-wideband radar - PDF

10:30 – 10:50 Emma Bland (UNIS)
The Svalbard SuperDARN radar: Local and global observations of the Sun-Earth connection - PDF

10:50 – 11:10 Tom Rune Lauknes (NORCE, UiT)
Airborne radar remote sensing in Svalbard using a dual-frequency, fully polarimetric (L/X-band) synthetic aperture radar on LN-LYR - PDF

11:10 – 11:15 William D. Harcout (University of St Andrews; ECR member of the SIOS remote sensing working group)
Closing remarks - PDF

6-10 September: Hyperspectral Remote Sensing - open lectures

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

Summer break

The webinar series will start up again in autumn!

Webinar #10: 8-10 June 2021 - SIOS remote sensing online conference 2021

Special edition: Online conference on remote sensing in Svalbard 2021

Webinar #9: 7 May 2021 - Terrestrial Research in Svalbard


10:00 – 10:05 Shridhar Jawak (SIOS Remote Sensing Officer)
Welcome and updates from SIOS-KC - PDF

10:05 – 10:20 Maren Hansen (UNIS/University of Bergen/SIOS)
Spatial ecology of the Svalbard reindeer - PDF

10:20 – 10:35 Stephen Coulson (UNIS)
The invertebrates of Svalbard: a grossly misunderstood fauna - PDF

10:35 – 10:50 Karina Wieczorek (University of Silesia)
Feed, breed & die - the amazing life cycle of Svalbard aphids - PDF

10:50 – 11:05 Maarten Loonen (University of Groningen)
Why do barnacle geese migrate to the Arctic to breed? - PDF

11:05 – 11:20 Peter Convey (BAS)
Integrated approaches to understanding Svalbard's terrestrial ecosystems - PDF

11:20 – 11:30: Open for questions

April - Training course series on data management topics

There will be no webinar in April

Instead we conduct a training course series on data management topics. Have a look at the programme here: https://sios-svalbard.org/DMcourses

Webinar #8: 8 March 2021 - International women's day special


10:00 - 10:05 Shridhar Jawak (SIOS Remote Sensing Officer)
Welcome and updates from SIOS-KC - PDF

10:05 – 10:15 Renuka Badhe (European Polar Board)
European Polar Board - 25 years at the forefront of European Polar research - PDF

10:15 - 10:25 Anna Maria Trofaier (ESA Climate Office)
Climate Science and Arctic Research in the Age of Satellites

10:25 - 10:35 Maria Jensen (University centre in Svalbard)
Coastal change on Svalbard – ambitions, challenges and needs for data coordination

10:35 - 10:45 Jenny Baeseman (Baeseman Consulting LLC)
Svalbard: A hotspot for international Arctic science collaboration - PDF

10:45 - 10:55 Verena Mohaupt (Alfred Wegener Institute)
Logistics challenges during MOSAiC - PDF

--- 5 min break and Q + A ---

11:00 - 11:30 Panel discussion
How to improve gender balance and diversity within SIOS?

Webinar #7: 12 February 2021 - Projects in the frame of the SIOS Research Infrastructure Access programme


10:00 - 10:05 Shridhar Jawak (SIOS Remote Sensing Officer) - Welcome and updates from SIOS-KC - PDF

10:05 – 10:10 Inger Jennings (SIOS Access and Logistics officer) - Introduction to the webinar

10:10 - 11:25 Talks from participants in the access programme:

  • Katharina Jentzsch (AWI) - Near real-time observations of snow water equivalent for SIOS on Svalbard - PDF
  • Christoph Thomas (Uni of Bayreuth) - NYTEFOX: NY-alesund TurbulencE Fiber-Optic eXperiment - PDF
  • Andreas Alexander (UiO) - Innovate GLOF: Interdisciplinary observations of the Setevatnet glacier lake outburst flood - PDF
  • Luke Cockerton (Uni of Northumbria) - ArcticBioAir: The role of microorganisms in Arctic cloud formation (through biogenic ice nucleation) and its influence on albedo and climate - PDF
  • Roseline C Thakur (INAR, Uni of Helsinki) - New Particle formation in Arctic- The knowns and the unknowns - PDF

11:25 - 11:30 Final questions and closing remarks


Webinar #6: 27 November 2020 - Marine science in Svalbard - global to local perspective


10:00 - 10:10 Shridhar Jawak (SIOS Remote Sensing Officer):
Welcome and introduction to the webinar - PDF

10:10 - 10:25 Mark Payne (DTU)
Ocean predictability, observations and links to UN Decade of the Ocean  - PDF

10:25 - 10:40 Alejandro Orfila (IMEDEA)
Observational networks in Europe - PDF

10:40 - 10:55 Anton Korosov (NERSC)
Sea ice remote sensing

--- 5 min break for leg stretching and refill of tea  ---

11:00 - 11:10 Franco Coren (OGS)
Information talk about the icebreaker Laura Bassi (characteristics of the ship and tentative logistical plans for 2021)

11:10 - 11:30 Panel Discussion on the outcomes of the SIOS marine infrastructure network workshop and the next steps for the network - PDF
Moderator: Inger Jennings (SIOS Logistics and Access Officer)
Panel: Manuel Bensi, Arild Sundfjord, Frank Nilsen and Agnieszka Beszczyńska-Möller

Webinar#5: 23 October 2020 - Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI) cusp rocket missions in Svalbard and their relevance to atmospheric studies


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

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

--- 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 - PDF

--- 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 - PDF

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

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

--- Questions and end of webinar ---

Webinar#4: 31 August - 4 September 2020 - Lectures from the Terrestrial Remote Sensing Training Course

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

Webinar#3: 4-5 June 2020 - First SIOS online conference

Special edition: Online conference on remote sensing in Svalbard

Webinar#2: 24 April 2020 - Remote Sensing II


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 - Remote Sensing I


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?