SIOS-Planet call

SIOS−Planet cooperation project proposal call to demonstrate the usability of high-resolution Planet data in the Arctic.

This call for proposals was launched to provide free access to high-resolution optical satellite data acquired by Planet’s satellite constellation to stimulate geospatial product generation in Svalbard.

In cooperation with Planet, the Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) invited project scientific proposals from the global Arctic science community to demonstrate the usability of high-resolution data in Svalbard.

You find the 11 successful proposals below.


Announcement of call: 8 December 2022
Opening of call (opening of webform for proposal submission): 2 January 2023
Webinar for potential applicants: 20 January 2023 (10-11 Am CET) 
Deadline to submit a proposal: 28 February 2023
Evaluation of projects: Continuous (2 January 2023 − 28 February 2023)
Decision: Early March 2023
Data availability for selected project teams: 1 May 2023 – 30 April 2024 (1 year)*
Final project report submission: 1 June 2024
Selection of top 5 projects: SIOS Online Conference (October/November 2024)
Data management: Throughout the project period no later than 1 June 2025
*Please note that all the archived Planet data and also data acquired during the project period will be available

List of successful project applications

Project title: Combining high-resolution PlanetScope and SAR data for snow cover and glacier dynamics mapping in Svalbard (Brøgger peninsula) 
Acronym: P3S (PlanetScope and SAR for Snow monitoring)
PI: Jean-Pierre DEDIEU
Institution: Institute for Geosciences and Environmental Research (IGE), University Grenoble Alpes/CNRS/Grenoble INP/INRAE/IRD, France.

Project title: Mapping Cryospheric Hazards towards a Spatio-temporal Multi-hazard Artificial Intelligence-based Susceptibility Modelling
Acronym: MACROS
PI: Ionut Cristi NICU
Institution: Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), Norway

Project title: Walrus from Space: Assessing the feasibility of using PlanetScope and SkySat satellite images to monitor walrus in the Svalbard Archipelago
Acronym: WALSAT
PI: Hannah Cubaynes
Institution: British Antarctic Survey, U.K

Project title: Drivers of Surge Activation at Borebreen
Acronym: BorebreenSurge
PI: William David Harcourt
Institution: University of Aberdeen, U.K

Project title: BrøggerPlanet: Integrating Land Cover Classification and DEM Differencing to Monitor Permafrost Changes in the Brøgger Peninsula, Svalbard 
Acronym: BrøggerPlanet
PI: Julia Boike
Institution: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Germany

Project title: High-resolution Satellite-based Mapping of Snow Distribution and Snowmelt on Svalbard
Acronym: PlanetSnow
PI: Bartlomiej Luks
Institution: Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Project title: Hansbreen's seismicity
Acronym: HANSEIS
PI: Wojciech Gajek
Institution: Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Project title: Arctic Monitoring of Shipping exhAust Plumes 
Acronym: ASAP
PI: Anu-Maija Sundsröm
Institution: Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland

Project title: Predicting snow melt variation in relation to vegetation patterns and the timing of goose nesting.
Acronym: SnowMelt
PI: Maarten Loonen
Institution: University of Groningen, Arctic Centre, The Netherlands

Project title: Comprehensive Inventory of Glacier Facies in Svalbard using Planet Satellite Constellations.
Acronym: COPIOUS
PI: Sagar Filipe Wankhede
Institution: Dept. of Civil Engineering, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

Project title: high-resoLution imAgery foR mappinG nEar-Shore Sea icE (LARGESSE)
PI: Zuzanna Swirad
Institution: Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland