Research infrastructure access projects in 2020

The third call for access to SIOS infrastructure opened 3rd July 2019 and closed 30th September 2019 (SIOS access call 2019). 29 applications were submitted, which is nearly three times as many as in the two previous calls. After the scientific evaluation and feasibility assessment it was decided that SIOS could support 14 of the proposed projects.

The projects cover a broad range of topics within the fields of atmospheric physics, solid earth, snow, terrestrial and marine biology, glaciology, hydrology and permafrost. Most projects have requested physical access to RI, but there is one virtual access project on the list also. 

The PI for each project was invited to attend SIOS Polar Night Week to present their plans, either in the form of an oral presentation or as a poster. 

The final approved list of participants is shown in table 1 below. The projects will all conduct fieldwork in 2020 and must submit a short update on their project to SIOS by 1 October 2020. 

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 and the associated travel restrictions most of the projects in table 1 have to be postponed until 2021. 

Further information on postponed projects will follow.

Table 1: Accepted projects from the access call 2019

Project title PI Institution Facility visited Allocated funding (NOK) Project update
Extension of seismic monitoring network in Hornsund Mariusz Majdański Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences Polish Polar Station

138 000

An Integrated Network to measure Seasonal Processes in Arctic habitats via novel Experiments Catherine Larose Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France Dirigibile Italia / AWIPEV

240 600


The role of electric phenomena in snow-air interactions in the Arctic Ekaterina Tkachenko Institute of Geological Science, National Academy of Science of Ukraine AWIPEV

15 000


Radar Monitoring of Calving at Hansbreen William Harcourt School of Physics and Astronomy
University of St Andrews
Polish Polar Station and UNIS

84 000


Near real-time observations of snow water equivalent for SIOS on Svalbard Julia Boike Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research N/A (Virtual access)

200 000

Project report

Capturing Biogeochemical Processes in Proglacial Soil During the Freezing Period Pacifica Sommers University of Colorado Boulder Sverdrup

381 200


Glaciological and microbiological observations of the Lomonosovfonna firn aquifer Ward van Pelt Department of Earth Sciences
Uppsala University
NPI in Longyearbyen

95 000


State of Revvatnet hydrodynamics in the year 2020 Tomasz Wawrzyniak Department of Polar and Marine Research, Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences Polish Polar Station and UNIS

193 200


NY-alesund TurbulencE Fiber-Optic eXperiment Christoph Thomas Micrometeorology Group, University of Bayreuth AWIPEV

73 535

Report from the field

Microbial carbon turnover and greenhouse gas formation from permafrost soils revealed by 14CO2 analysis Jan Olaf Melchert Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, University of Cologne AWIPEV

64 000


Environmental Bloom Controls of Blooms and Adaptive Mechanisms in Svalbard Clara Jule Marie Hoppe Alfred Wegener Institute - Helmholtzcenter for Polar and Marine Research AWIPEV

117 750


Effects of big herbivores on the functioning of decomposers and primary producers in High Arctic tundra Olga Gavrichkova Institute of Research on Terrestrial Ecosystems,  National Research Council of Italy Dirigibile Italia

145 700


Lunar AOD Intercomparison Campaign Robert Stone Science and Technology Corporation-Boulder Dirigibile Italia

123 000

Report from the field

De-icing of Arctic Coasts: Critical or new opportunities for marine biodiversity and Ecosystem Services? Janne Elin Søreide University Centre in Svalbard UNIS and drones from NORCE

402 000