Remote Sensing Working Group (RSWG)



A forum bringing together users and producers of ground-, satellite-, airborne- and underwater-based remote sensing resources to facilitate the usage, sharing, and calibration & validation in Arctic observation.


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 2022

  • Editing the SIOS special issue in the MDPI Remote Sensing journal (Deadline: 30th June 2022) 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 Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) applications in Svalbard, 5-9 Sept. 2022
  • Establishing EO and RS researcher forum 
  • Coordinating SIOS early data access call: Usability of airborne remote sensing data
  • Copernicus relay activities, Copernicus user forum activities, facilitating outreach and training activities
  • SIOS webinar series and online conference on EO and RS (Sept. 2022)
  • Unified platform for satellite data availability for Svalbard
  • Conducting annual surveys on user requirements and product inventory documents

Key achievements in 2021

  • SIOS Training course on Hyperspectral Remote Sensing in Svalbard was conducted during 6-10 September 2021 in fully online mode.
  • SIOS Online conference on EO, RS and GI applications in Svalbard was conducted during 8-10 June 2021 in fully online mode
  • Supported the scientific community during the Covid-19 outbreak and resulting cancellations of field activities
  • Continued the advisory service "Patch up your field data with remote sensing observations" to fill the data gaps that occurred due to the cancellation of fieldwork in 2021
  • Supported 13 airborne campaigns using Dornier and drones in 2021
  • In 2021, RSWG gained 4 new working group members
  • Recruited an early career researcher observer on the working group-2021
  • Outreach and networking: SIOS RSS and RSWG activities were highlighted in outreach/networking arenas e.g. EGU, ASSW, and Arctic Frontiers 2021

News from RSWG

The annual face-to-face meeting of the RSWG took place in Longyearbyen during Polar Night Week 2022 and was converted into a virtual meeting due to travel restrictions. Members discussed the work programme for the year 2022 and how to fulfil it until the end of the 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 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.
  • Svalbard science in times of pandemic: learned lessons, failed attempts, and efforts that worked, Svalbard Science Conference 2021, 2-3 November 2021, Scandic Fornebu, Oslo, Norway.
  • SIOS’s response to COVID-19 and the strategy for future, ASSW-2021, 20-26 March 2021.
  • SIOS’s airborne remote sensing campaigns in Svalbard, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-9129,, 2021.
  • SIOS’s Earth Observation (EO) and Remote Sensing (RS) activities to optimize the long-term monitoring system in Svalbard, Arctic Frontier 2021, 01-04 February 2021, Tromsø, Norway. (Online event)

Associated task forces-2022

AI/ML/DL Training Course in Svalbard (AI Svalbard)-2022

  1. Ekaterina Kim - NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  2. Jie Zhang - Uppsala University
  3. William Harcourt, Uni. of St. Andrews
  4. Sara Aparício, Solenix for ESA
  5. Shridhar Jawak, SIOS-KC

RSWG Chair

  • Ann Mari Fjæraa - NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research

RSWG Co-chair

  • Bartek Luks - Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences

RSWG members

  • Junhwa Chi - Korea Polar Research Institute
  • Hyun-Cheol Kim - Korea Polar Research Institute
  • Frode Dinessen - Norwegian Meteorological Institute
  • Sara Aparício
  • Malgorzata Blaszczyk - University of Silesia, Poland
  • Camilla Brekke - UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Sourav Chatterjee - National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research
  • Anna Maria Dichiarante - NORSAR
  • Steinar Eastwood - Norwegian Meteorological Institute
  • Torbjørn Eltoft - UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • Ann Mari Fjæraa - NILU - Norwegian Institute for Air Research
  • Richard Hann - NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • William Harcourt
  • Kjell Arild Høgda - NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS
  • Shridhar Jawak
  • Johnny A. Johannessen - Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
  • Ekaterina Kim - NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Andreas Kääb - University of Oslo
  • Bartek Luks - Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Giovanni Macelloni - National Research Council of Italy
  • Sabine Marty - Norwegian Institute for Water Research
  • Lasse H. Pettersson - Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center
  • Veijo Pohjola - Uppsala University
  • Eero Rinne - The University Centre in Svalbard
  • Benjamin Aubrey Robson - University of Bergen
  • Rosamaria Salvatori - National Research Council of Italy
  • Zuzanna Swirad - Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Kai Sørensen - Norwegian Institute for Water Research
  • Stein Tronstad - Norwegian Polar Institute
  • Hironori Yabuki - National Institute for Polar Research
  • Jie Zhang - Uppsala University