SESS report 2018

The State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report 2018 has been released during the SIOS Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen, January 2019. It is the first of an annual series of reports published by SIOS. It takes us through all the spheres from the deep permafrost through the surface interfaces, into the ocean and into the upper atmosphere approaching space. It illustrates the breadth of Earth System Science questions as well as the breadth of Svalbard research.

The SESS report is published in two versions:

SESS report 2018 – Summary for Stakeholders

Paper prints can be ordered from
ISSN 2535-6313
ISBN 978-82-691528-1-4


Citation: please cite the full report

SESS report 2018 – Full report

ISSN 2535-6321
ISBN 978-82-691528-0-7


Citation of entire report: Orr E, Hansen, G, Lappalainen H, Hübner C, Lihavainen, H (eds) 2019: SESS report 2018, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, Longyearbyen.

Citation of chapters in report: All authors (2019) Title of chapter. In: Orr et al (eds) SESS report 2018, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, Longyearbyen, pp xx-xx. DOI-link of chapter

Download scientific chapters separately:

1 - PermaSval
Christiansen HH, Gilbert G, Demidov N, Guglielmin M, Isaksen K, Osuch M, Boike J (2019) Permafrost thermal snapshot and active-layer thickness in Svalbard 2016-2017.

2 - MamSIOS
Malard L, Avila-Jimenez M, Convey P, Larose C, Hodson A, Øvreås L, Schmale J, Anwar MZ, Pearce D (2019) Microbial activity monitoring by the Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System.

3 - SOS
Gallet JC, Björkman MP, Borstad CP, Hodson AJ, Jakobi H-W, Larose C, Luks B, Spolaor A, Schuler TV, Urazgildeeva A, Zdanowicz C (2019) Snow research in Svalbard: current status and knowledge gaps.

4 - iMOP
Cottier F, Skogseth R, David D, Berge J (2019) Temperature time-series in Svalbard fjords. A contribution from the integrated marine observatory partnership (iMOP).

5 - CPR Survey
Edwards M, Helaouet P, Ostle C, Wootton M, Strand E, Bagoien E (2019) The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey - Monitoring plankton in the Nordic Sea.

6 - SOA
Bensi M, Kovacevic V, Ursella L, Rebesco M, Langone L, Viola A, Mazzola M, Beszczyńska-Möller A, Goszczko I, Soltwedel T, Skogseth R, Nilsen F, Wåhlin A (2019). Spitsbergen Oceanic and Atmospheric interactions.

7 - LAS
Viola AP, Hudson SR, Krejci R, Ritter C, Pedersen CA (2019) The Lower Atmosphere above Svalbard (LAS): Observed long term trends, small scale processes and the surface exchange.

8 - UV ozone
Petkov BH, Vitale V, Hansen GH, Svendby TM, Sobolewski PS, Láska K, Elster J, Viola A, Mazzola M, Lupi (2019) Observations of the solar UV irradiance and ozone column at Svalbard.

9 - GCI Cusp
Moen J, Spicher A, Rowland DE, Kletzing C, LaBelle J (2019) Grand Challenge Initiative – Cusp: rockets to explore solar wind-driven dynamics of the top side polar atmosphere.