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 2021

  • Editing the SIOS special issue in the MDPI Remote Sensing journal to facilitate publications from SIOS activities (InfraNor, ACCESS programme, SIOS-SESS), and other remote sensing-based projects being conducted by SIOS members and international scientific community in Svalbard.
  • Training course on hyperspectral remote sensing applications in Svalbard for SIOS community
  • Establishing EO and RS researcher forum on SIOS website
  • Airborne remote sensing campaigns in 2021
  • Copernicus relay activities, Copernicus user forum activities, facilitating outreach and training activities
  • SIOS webinar series and online conference on EO and RS
  • Unified platform for satellite data availability for Svalbard
  • Workshop on impacts of Covid-19 and strategy for future
  • Copernicus relay activities, Copernicus user forum activities, facilitating outreach and training activities

Key achievements in 2020

  • SIOS Training course on Terrestrial Remote Sensing in Svalbard was conducted during 31 August-4 September 2020 in fully online mode.
  • SIOS Online conference on EO, RS and GI applications in Svalbard was conducted during 04-05 June 2020 in fully onlien mode
  • Supported scientific community during Covid-19 outbreak and resulting cancellations of field activities
  • Initiated the new advisory service "Patch up your field data with remote sensing observations" to fill the data gaps due to cancellation of field work in 2020
  • Supported airborne campaigns using Dornier and drones in 2020
  • In 2020, RSWG gained 1 new representative from Uppsala University
  • Recruited an early career researcher observer on the working group
  • Outreach and networking: SIOS RSS activities were highlighted in on outreach/networking arenas e.g. ESA-Phi Week, European Polar Science Week, and Arctic Frontiers 2020

News from RSWG

Annual face to face meeting of the RSWG took place in Longyearbyen during Polar Night Week 2020. Members discussed about the work programme of the year 2020 and how to fulfil it until the end of year. 

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.
  • 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.
  • Earth observation (EO) and remote sensing (RS) services to support an international observing system for Svalbard, 09-13 Sept. 2019, ESA-Phi Week, ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.

Associated task forces

Terrestrial Remote Sensing Training Course (TRST)

  1. Hans Tømmervik, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
  2. Bartłomiej Luks, Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences
  3. Luc Girod, University of Oslo
  4. Richard Hann, University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
  5. Shridhar Jawak, SIOS-KC

RSWG leader

  • Veijo Pohjola - Uppsala University

RSWG members

  • Frode Dinessen - Norwegian Meteorological Institute
  • Malgorzata Blaszczyk - University of Silesia, Poland
  • Camilla Brekke - UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Sourav Chatterjee - National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research
  • Steinar Eastwood - Norwegian Meteorological Institute
  • Torbjørn Eltoft - UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Ann Mari Fjæraa - Norwegian Institute for Air Research
  • William Harcourt
  • Kjell Arild Høgda - NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS
  • Johnny A. Johannessen - Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
  • Andreas Kääb - University of Oslo
  • Giovanni Macelloni - National Research Council of Italy
  • Veijo Pohjola - Uppsala University
  • Rosamaria Salvatori - National Research Council of Italy
  • Kai Sørensen - Norwegian Institute for Water Research
  • Stein Tronstad - Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Hironori Yabuki - National Institute for Polar Research
  • Jie Zhang - Uppsala University