SIOS Remote Sensing Service

The SIOS Remote Sensing Service is designed to offer researchers a single-point of contact for satellite information for Svalbard while drawing on the combined knowledge of the network of SIOS partner institutions.  

  • We coordinate commissioned data processing and make these products available via our access point.
  • We advise researchers on their respective satellite data needs and also provide tailored training on remote sensing.  
  • As a Copernicus Relay, we aim to share our expertise with the European Commission’s Copernicus satellite programme, giving us the opportunity to showcase the application of Earth Observation data to the research community on Svalbard.

The SIOS Remote Sensing Service follows a user-driven approach where the partner institutions set the scientific needs that support the development of an extensive Observing System for Svalbard.

ESA cryosphere remote sensing training course

SIOS co-organised an ESA training course on the use of remote sensing data to monitor the cryosphere in June 2018.

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SIOS as Copernicus Relay

At the forefront of Earth Observation lies the European Commission’s Copernicus programme. The space segment of this programme consists of contributing satellite missions, known as the Sentinels, which are coordinated through the European Space Agency (ESA). All Sentinel data are freely and openly accessible online. To encourage user uptake of these data at national level, so-called Copernicus Relays have been initiated. The job of the Copernicus Relays is to promote the usage of these data through information and training activities. SIOS was successful in the bid to become one of currently three Copernicus Relays for Norway. Our aim is to encourage new user uptake by providing researchers with the necessary guidance they need to use these timely data sets.


Previous activities

  • In September 2017 the SIOS Knowledge Centre offered a workshop on how to access and process Copernicus satellite data, equipping researchers with the basic skills they need to understand and use multi-spectral satellite data for monitoring snow and ice on Svalbard (