SIOS’s webinar series: An anchor point to a drifting world!

Most of us are now grounded, quarantined or working from the home office. Most of us have canceled our conference participations, field trips and other meetings. We are going through a new situation and most of the things are uncertain at this moment. However, we need to adapt to new challenges. Since most of the meetings and conferences have been canceled, we hope that your calendars are a bit flexible and you would like to join our mini webinar series on remote sensing.

In response to the new challenges posed by COVID-19, the Remote Sensing Working Group (RSWG) members have organized the mini webinar series "An anchor point to a drifting world!"


When: Friday, 27th March, Time: 12:45 to 16:00 Hrs CET
Where: Online, Zoom (
Why: To provide a social experience to the Svalbard research community in difficult times

Sequence of talks:

12:45 - 13:00 Shridhar Jawak (SIOS Remote Sensing Officer)
Welcome and introduction to the webinar

13:00 - 13:30 Agnar Sivertsen (NORCE):  
Airborne remote sensing in Svalbard (with emphasis on recently launched SIOS’s opportunity)

13:30 - 14:00 Ann Mari Fjæraa (NILU):
New Pandora Spectrometer instrument and opportunities for atmospheric Cal/Val in Arctic areas

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

15:00 - 15:30 Jack Kohler (NPI):
Svalbard glacier mass balance from annual Arctic DEMs 2013-2017

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?

This exercise would keep us updated, would provide a social experience for most of us, and help to engage the Svalbard research community. Our efforts would ensure providing an anchor point to a drifting world!

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