Sixth State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report released

The State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report 2023 has been released during the SIOS Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen, 22 January 2024. It is the sixth issue of the annual report series published by SIOS.

This years’ report reflects over past editions and offers six updates of previously published chapters. These updates are essential in showcasing the development of the state-of-art research being conducted in Svalbard and how new knowledge and developments need to be taken into account when interpreting long-term series and planning for future research. 

Topics of the current report include the coupling of atmospheric and ionospheric temperatures, snow observations and models, terrestrial photography applications on snow cover, snow season time series, Arctic haze, and microplastic.

Read and download the report or single chapters here:

About the SESS report:
The report summarises the state of current knowledge of key Earth System Science parameters and analyses how these parameters influence one another. It combines the long-term monitoring data that form the core of the observing system with innovative monitoring and research.

In addition to evaluating the state of current knowledge, the SESS report highlights questions that remain unanswered and recommends solutions in terms of research infrastructure improvements and research priorities.