Research infrastructure access projects in 2021/2022

The fourth call for access to SIOS infrastructure opened 14 August 2020 and closed 30 September 2020 (SIOS access call 2020). 17 applications were submitted. This is fewer than in the 2019 call, most likely as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. After the scientific evaluation and feasibility assessment it was decided that SIOS could support 9 of the proposed projects.

The projects cover a broad range of topics within the fields of atmospheric physics, snow, microbiology, glaciology and hydrology. Most projects have requested physical access to RI but there is one project that will be conducted entirely remotely, as well as projects incorporating virtual and remote access. 

The PI for each project is invited to attend SIOS Polar Night Week to present their plans.

The final approved list of participants is shown in table 1 below. The projects will all conduct fieldwork in 2021 and must submit a short update on their project to SIOS by 1 October 2021 (unless a different deadline has been agreed). 

Due to COVID-19 and the associated travel restrictions most of the projects planned to be carried out in 2020 had to be postponed until 2021 or 2022. These are listed in table 2. 

Table 1: Accepted projects from the access call 2020

Project title PI Institution Facility visited Allocated funding (NOK) Project update
Spatio-temporal variability of two contrasting sediment-laden meltwater plume systems, Kongsfjorden, Svalbard Guy D. Tallentire Geography and Environment,
School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Loughborough University, United Kingdom
Sverdrup & Dornier aircraft

532 000

Report from the field
Molecular steps of new particle formation in the Arctic atmosphere part II - long term measurements Roseline Cutting Thakur Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research, University of Helsinki, Finland Dirigibile Italia

215 000

Report from the field

Quantification of the MIxing STate of Carbonaceous Aerosols in the Arctic Stefania Gilardoni Institute of Polar Sciences, National Research Council, Italy Remote access to Zeppelin observatory 260 000 Partially postponed to 2022
Interdisciplinary observations of the Setevatnet Glacier Lake Outburst Flood Andreas Alexander Institute of geophysics, University of Oslo, Norway Sverdrup 616 000 Report from the field
Assessment of the inorganic pollutants discharge by Adventelva river Agata Zaborska Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland University Centre in Svalbard 270 000 Postponed to 2022
The role of microorganisms in Arctic cloud formation (through biogenic ice nucleation) and its influence on albedo and climate David Pearce Northumbria University at Newcastle, United Kingdom University Centre in Svalbard & Zeppelin observatory 177 000 Postponed to 2022
Data workflow and website for Snow Research in Svalbard Jean-Charles Gallet Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway Sverdrup 531 000 Report from the field
In-situ snow measurements for distributed modelling of the seasonal melting Bartłomiej Luks Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland Polish Polar Station Hornsund 230 000 Report from the field
Short-term glacier dynamics and its implications for runoff and sediment budget Jan Kavan Department of Geography, Masaryk University, Czech Republic University Centre in Svalbard & field camp 48 000 Postponed to 2022


Table 2: Accepted projects from the access call 2019 with fieldwork postponed to 2021/2022

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

Report from the field
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

Report from the field
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

Postponed to 2022
Radar Monitoring of Calving at Hansbreen William Harcourt School of Physics and Astronomy
University of St Andrews
Polish Polar Station and UNIS

84 000

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

381 200

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

95 000

Postponed to 2022
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

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

Report from the field
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

Report from the field
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

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

Report from the field