SIOS online conference on Earth observation and remote sensing applications in Svalbard, 12-14 October 2022

SIOS Knowledge Centre and the SIOS Remote Sensing Working Group invites abstracts from the Svalbard science community working on applications using Earth Observation (EO), Remote Sensing (RS), and Geoinformation (GI).

  • When? 12-14 October 2022
  • Where? Online
  • Abstract submission deadline: 12 Sept. 2022 (CLOSED)
  • Programme: Click HERE
  • Registration: Register HERE (Closed) free of charge but mandatory; Once registered, you will receive joining instructions for Zoom platform.

We are pleased to announce this years' conference on Earth observation and Remote Sensing applications in Svalbard. The conference aims to

  • to promote the work of PhD students, postdocs, researchers, senior scientists, and academics who are actively contributing to the science of Svalbard
  • review the state-of-the-art EO and RS applications in Svalbard

Winners of the ECR award:

Ugo Nanni, University of Oslo, Norway

Title of the talk: Understanding the destabilization of Kongsvegen, an Arctic surge-type glacier.

Marie Bøe Henriksen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Title of the talk: HYPSO-1 CubeSat with hyperspectral imager over Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard

Sagar F. Wankhede,  Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

Title of the talk: The Supraglacial Terrain: Revisiting the fundamentals of image processing for mapping glacier facies

Annelies Voordendag,  University of Innsbruck, Austria

Title of the talk: Automated terrestrial laser scanning for snow and avalanche monitoring in Svalbard – a feasibility study

Prashant Pandit,  ITC Faculty Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, the Netherlands

Title of the talk: How precisely can we map glaciers?

Significance of the conference for the Svalbard scientific community

This online conference will attract EO/RS/GI based contributions from projects supported by the SIOS research infrastructure access programme, relevant studies from the State of Environmental Science in Svalbard reports (2019, 2020, and 2021), outcomes from the SIOS multidisciplinary snow workshop, relevant projects supported by Norwegian Space Agency and Research Council of Norway under the SIOS-InfraNor initiative, applications based on airborne data derived from the SIOS-NORCE research aircraft, relevant follow-up studies presented in Svalbard Science Conference 2021, related studies from Ny-Ålesund Flagship programmes, EO/RS/ based projects from the Research in Svalbard (RiS) portal of Svalbard Science Forum, outcomes from national and international projects such as cryosphere virtual lab, regional and Svalbard-wide remote sensing activities being conducted at SIOS infrastructures by its member institutes and of course wider international scientific research community working in Svalbard.

Timeline/key dates
  • Opening of call: 25 July 2022
  • Deadline to submit abstracts: 12 September 2022
  • Decision on submissions: Third week of September 2022
  • Registration: Opens 25 September (tentative)
  • Conference dates: 12-14 October 2022 (14:00 – 18:00 CEST)
Scope of the conference

SIOS is an international observing system for long-term in situ and remotely sensed measurements in and around Svalbard addressing Earth System Science (ESS) questions. SIOS research infrastructures are distributed all over Svalbard for the collection of long-term in situ measurements. These in situ measurements are useful for various current and future satellite missions for calibration and validation (cal/val) activities. Eventually, the integration of in situ and satellite-based measurements would benefit the entire ESS community to address broader scientific questions.

Over the past three decades, tremendous developments in EO satellites have made significant contributions to the spatial–spectral–temporal sampling and subsequent extraction of geoinformation from the Arctic. Svalbard is probably the region in the Arctic with the most in situ measurements; still, there are massive gaps. Such data gaps can be filled using frequent satellite-based acquisitions, new product generation using remote sensing, and integration of in situ data with satellite-based information. This conference will provide a broad platform for various regional and Svalbard-wide studies that are being conducted using EO/RS/GI to present their work.

For this conference, we seek abstracts focusing on, but not limited to:

  • AI, machine learning and deep learning applications in Svalbard
  • Ground-, space-, and airborne platform-based studies in Svalbard
  • Applications of Uncrewed Aerial Vehicles in various studies in Svalbard
  • Remote sensing data management and current status
  • Modelling studies in Svalbard and associated waters
  • EO/RS techniques relevant for field campaigns and long-term monitoring programmes
  • Optical (e.g., Sentinel-2-3), Microwave (e.g., SAR) and Lidar (e.g., ICESat) applications in Svalbard
  • Terrestrial, marine, atmospheric, cryospheric, and cross-disciplinary applications of EO and RS in Svalbard
  • Remote sensing of the marine cryosphere and its interactions with ocean, land, and atmosphere
  • Integration of RS, in situ and previously published geoinformation to gain new knowledge about Svalbard
  • Cal/val activities for satellite missions that are being conducted in Svalbard, e.g., Pandora installation in Ny-Ålesund, cal/val of snow parameters from satellite, cal/val activities using moorings
  • Derivation of geophysical and biophysical parameters using satellites (e.g., sea ice drift and type, chlorophyll concentration, phytoplankton blooms)
  • Remote sensing applications in glaciological studies in Svalbard (geodetic mass balance, snow cover and snow properties, surface elevation changes, etc.)
  • Remote sensing of sea ice, icebergs, snow/firn/ice, ground ice, snow on sea ice, avalanche activities, permafrost subsidence studies using InSAR
  • Applications of new technologies such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, robots, drones, mapping using Surface from Motion, terrestrial LiDAR
  • Very high resolution (VHR) satellite remote sensing in Svalbard including applications using airborne imagery and hyperspectral data acquired by SIOS-NORCE research aircraft and drones;
  • Relevant research studies supported by the SIOS research infrastructure access programme, the SESS report, and the SIOS-InfraNor initiative.

We encourage contributors to provide access to data and products generated as a part of your study via the SIOS data management system (SDMS).


Submitted abstracts will be categorised into broad sessions during the review phase. Selected members from the SIOS Remote Sensing Working Group and SIOS Knowledge Centre will act as convenors for the sessions. All the sessions of the conference will be recorded and will be made available on the SIOS YouTube channel after the conference to the wider scientific community.

Awards for Early Career Researchers

We are planning to organise a dedicated session for presentations from Early Career researchers (ECRs: Bachelors, Masters, PhD, postdocs, within 7 years after PhD). Top 5 presentations presented by ECRs will be invited to attend SIOS Polar Night Week, 23-27 January 2023. SIOS will cover the travel and accommodation expenses associated with the trip (up to 10 000 NOK).