Access projects in 2017/2018

Applications to the SIOS pilot access call were assessed in four stages: an initial screening by SIOS-KC, a scientific evaluation by the Science Optimisation Advisory Group (SOAG), a feasibility assessment by the Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee (RICC) and final approval by the Interim Steering Board (ISB).

The scientific assessment by SOAG was based on the following criteria:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Relevance to SIOS
  • Scientific feasibility
  • Innovation
  • Optimisation of the Observing System

The RICC assessment of the practical feasibility of the projects was based on the following criteria:

  • Availability of facilities / equipment at the time it has been requested
  • Scale of the project – can it be accommodated?
  • Staff time – does the project make undue demands on staff time?

The final approved list of participants in the pilot access programme is shown in table 1 below. The projects will all conduct fieldwork in 2018 and must submit a short update on their project to SIOS by 1 October 2018.

More details on all the projects, including updates from the project participants, will follow over the course of 2018.

Table 1: Accepted projects during the pilot period 2017/2018. (* Funding for Access part of combined SESS and Access project)
Project title PI Institution Funding (NOK)
Contribution of Vegetation and Soil components to Carbon cycle in Arctic environment in relationship to climate change (VegSoCA) Angela Augusti Institute for Agroenvironmental and Forest Biology, CNR, Italy 260 000
Observation and Analysis of the Surge of Negribreen, Svalbard and its Relevance for Understanding the Arctic System (NegribreenSurge) Ute Herzfeld University of Colorado Boulder, United States of America 140 000
Structure of a surge type glacier from multi-offset ground penetrating radar (SuMOGPR) Richard Delf University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom 142 000
Permafrost thermal state in Svalbard 2017-2018 (PermaSval) Hanne H. Christiansen University Centre in Svalbard, Norway 49 450*
Snow Observation in Svalbard (SOS) Jean-Charles Gallet Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway 254 000*