SIOS Remote Sensing Service

The SIOS Remote Sensing Service (RSS) is designed to offer researchers a single-point of contact for satellite data and 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 aim to share our expertise with the field scientists on how they can use satellite data and information to conduct their field campaigns in Svalbard.
  • We advise researchers on their respective satellite data needs and also provide prioritized tailored training or workshop on remote sensing.  
  • We strive to support cal/val activities and related campaigns in Svalbard by sharing expertise of our working group.
  • We continuously carry out dialogues with satellite data and information users, developers, and modelers to comprehensively understand their needs from Svalbard.
  • We highlight remote sensing activities being carried out SIOS members on international platforms.
  • 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.

SIOS: The northernmost Copernicus Relay on the planet

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.

Poster highlighting our activities as a Copernicus Relay: SIOS as Copernicus relay (January 2019, 12 928 kb)

Previous activities

  • In January 2019, activities of SIOS as a Copernicus Relay were highlighted during SIOS’s annual meeting ‘Polar night Week’ and the annual gathering of scientists, policymakers, academicians in the Arctic Frontiers 2019. Our remote sensing officer is responsible for conducting activities pertaining to the Copernicus Relay program.
  • In June 2018, SIOS co-organised an ESA training course on the use of remote sensing data to monitor the cryosphere.
  • 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 (