SESS report 2019

The State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report 2019 has been released during the SIOS Polar Night Week in Longyearbyen, January 2020. It is the second issue of an annual series of reports published by SIOS. This year's report includes reviews of existing data and activities, data summaries and updates from last year's chapters. It is a unique description of current activities and collaboration, as well as recommendations for the future in Svalbard research.

The SESS report is published in two versions:

SESS report 2019 – Summary for Stakeholders

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Citation: please cite the full report

SESS report 2019 – Full report

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Citation of entire report: Van den Heuvel F, Hübner C, Błaszczyk M, Heimann M, Lihavainen H (eds) 2020: SESS report 2019, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, Longyearbyen

Citation of chapters in report: All authors (2020) Title of chapter. In: Van den Heuvel et al. (eds): SESS report 2019, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System, Longyearbyen, pp. xx - xx

Download scientific chapters separately:

01 - Karlsen et al: Sentinel satellite-based mapping of plant productivity in relation to snow duration and time of green-up (GROWTH)

02 - Pedersen et al: Climate-Ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra (COAT)

03 - Retelle et al: Environmental Monitoring in the Kapp Linné-Grønnfjorden Region (KLEO)

04 - Schuler et al: New data, new techniques and new challenges for updating the state of Svalbard glaciers (SvalGlac)

05 - Köhler et al: Seismological monitoring of Svalbard's cryosphere: current status and knowledge gaps (CRYOSEIS)

06 - Gerland et al: Long-term monitoring of landfast sea ice extent and thickness in Kongsfjorden, and related applications (FastIce)

07 - Sipilä et al: Multidisciplinary research on biogenically driven new particle formation in Svalbard (SVALBAEROSOL)

08 - Gilardoni et al: Atmospheric black carbon in Svalbard (ABC Svalbard)

09 - Mazzola et al: Probing the vertical structure of lower atmosphere over Svalbard (ProVeSAS)

10 - Christiansen et al: Permafrost temperatures and active layer thickness in Svalbard during 2017/2018 (PermaSval)

11 - Bensi et al: Spitsbergen Oceanic and Atmospheric interactions (SOA)

12 - Edwards et al: The Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey - Monitoring plankton in the Nordic Sea (CPR Survey)

13 - Moen et al: Grand Challenge Initiative - Cusp: observational network for solar wind-driven dynamics of the top atmosphere (GCI-Cusp)