SESS report 2021

The State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report is the main tool for the science-based development of the observing system. In the three first years of the SESS report, SIOS has received more than 140 recommendations on how to improve the observing system for Earth system science in Svalbard. Now it is time to consolidate and implement these recommendations. Therefore, SIOS has decided that we for the SESS report 2021 only accept updates of chapters already published in previous SESS reports.

Proposals for new chapters will be accepted for the SESS report 2022 again (the call for proposals will be opened in autumn 2021).

Preliminary list of chapters for the SESS report 2021

  • Update of Integrated Marine Observatory Partnership (iMOP, SESS report 2018), lead author: Finlo Cottier, SAMS, UiT
  • Update of Scientific Applications of Unmanned Vehicles (UAV Svalbard, SESS report 2020), lead author: Richard Hann, UNIS/NTNU
  • Update of Climate-Ecological Observatory for Arctic Tundra (COAT, SESS report 2019), lead author: Åshild Pedersen, NPI
  • Update of Terrestrial photography applications on snow cover in Svalbard (PASSES, SESS report 2020), lead author: Roberto Salzano, IIA-CNR
  • Update of Observations of the solar UV irradiance and ozone column at Svalbard (UV Ozone, SESS report 2018), lead author. Boyan Petkov, ISAC-CNR (in-kind)
  • An introduction to SIOS core data

Tentative timeline for the SESS report 2021

29 March 2021 - Invitation for contributions sent out to author teams of earlier SESS chapters

23 April 2021 28 April 2021, 16:00 CEST - Proposal submission deadline (extended)

Early May 2021 - Decision on funding by SIOS Board of Directors

15 September 2021 - Submission deadline for contributions

October 2021 - Revision process

November/Early December 2021 - Editorial process

15 December 2021 - Final report for print

January 2022 - Release of the SESS report during the Polar Night Week