Research infrastructure access projects in 2018

Applications to the SIOS pilot access call 2017 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 final approved list of participants in the pilot access programme is shown in table 1 below. The projects conducted fieldwork in 2018 and submitted a short update on their project to SIOS on or before 1 October 2018.

Table 1: Accepted projects from the pilot call 2017 (* 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*

Project updates


All of the pilot access projects were asked to provide an update on their fieldwork to be shared on the SIOS website. You can click on the links in the table above to read updates on each project.

This photo shows two of the participants in the pilot project Snow Observation in Svalbard (SOS): Catherine Larose (National Center for Scientific Research, France) and Andrea Spolaor (National Research Council of Italy, Italy). SOS consists of an international group of young researchers who performed field work on snow monitoring in north western Spitsbergen in March 2018.