Remote Sensing Working Group (RSWG)

Contact Shridhar Jawak, Remote Sensing Officer and secretary for RSWG:

The RSWG directive is to

  • Assess the status of the SIOS community’s satellite data requirements for Svalbard and the Arctic Ocean, and keep track of any relevant developments within the ESA-EC Copernicus programme;
  • Assess the SIOS community’s needs for producing specific remotely-sensed data sets and decide which SIOS partners will be generating these data products;
  • Work in step with the SIOS Data Management Service regarding the integration of the remotely-sensed data products in the SIOS web portal;
  • Work with the appropriate agencies to promote Svalbard as a Cal/Val site;
  • Serve as a forum where future research directions in Arctic satellite remote sensing are discussed.

The RSWG work programme for 2019

  • Generate a Product Inventory Document (PID) to enlist remotely-sensed data products that are already available at each SIOS member institution.
  • Integrate prioritised products for access via the SIOS web-portal in collaboration with the SIOS Data Management System (SDMS)
  • Generate a User Requirement Document (URD) that clarifies the SIOS needs for satellite data from the national ground segment (especially in relation to the Copernicus ground segment)
  • Establish a coordinated strategy document for dedicated processing of satellite data and product development and identifying which products should be generated on an operational basis
  • Implement the Norwegian Space Centre’s Copernicus Svalbard projects on dedicated processing of satellite data within the domain-specific expertise of the RSWG
  • Provide inputs to access programme for ground validation/verification of satellite products in consultation with the Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee (RICC)

Key achievements in 2018

  • SIOS training course on cryosphere remote sensing: A 6-day long ESA Advanced Cryosphere Training Course was conducted jointly by SIOS, NSC, UNIS and ESA in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, during 11 − 16 June 2018.
  • Starting up the functioning of RSWG: The first virtual meeting of the RSWG was conducted on 11th Oct. 2018 with more than 70% representation from members
  • Outreach and networking: SIOS RSS activities were highlighted in on outreach/networking arenas e.g. Arctic Circle and Copernicus Polar Industry Workshop.

News from RSWG

Annual face to face meeting of the RSWG took place in Longyearbyen during Polar Night Week 2019. Members discussed about the work programme of the year 2019 and how to fulfil it until the end of year. Few members presented their efforts in proving low hanging fruits of the remote sensing service.

Photo: RSWG meeting during Polar Night Week, 17th January 2019. Picture (from top left): Mari Anne Killie, Mikhail Itkin, Shridhar Jawak, Bo Andersen, Malgorzata Blaszczyk, Eirik Malnes, Anton Korosov, Veijo Pohjola, Vito Vitale




Presence of remote sensing working group and activities on international platforms

  • SIOS remote sensing services to support an international multi-domain regional observing system for Svalbard, The 5th national Conference on Science & Geopolitics of Himalaya-Arctic-Antarctic (SaGHAA V), Theme: Technological Innovations and Research Expeditions, February 26-27, 2019, India International Centre, New Delhi, India.
  • Role of emerging technologies in Earth observation and remote sensing to complement the sustained observing system in Svalbard, Arctic Frontiers 2019 - Smart Arctic, Tromsø, Norway, 20 - 24 January 2019.
  • Giving added value through integration of data, Arctic Circle Assembly, 19-21 October, 2018, Reykjavík, Iceland.
  • Integrating Copernicus products with in situ products for sustainable field studies in Svalbard, Copernicus & Polar Regions Industry Workshop, 07 November 2018, Brussels, Belgium.

Upcoming events

  • Improving Arctic Observation Systems through coordination – examples from the first State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report, EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 07-12 April 2019.
  • Co-ordinated operational remote sensing services to support an international observing system for Svalbard, 2019 Living Planet Symposium, 13-17 May 2019, Milan, Italy.

Associated task forces

There are currently no task forces associated with RSWG.

RSWG members