SIOS Agenda paper for the future of snow research in Svalbard

The Agenda paper for the future of snow research in Svalbard is the outcome of a workshop in 2021. It has been published as paper in Polar research and as report from the workshop with more details and data management recommendations.

Journal article: An agenda for the future of Arctic snow research: the view from Svalbard

Zdanowicz C., Gallet J.-C., Salvatori R., Malnes E., Isaksen K., Hübner C., Jones E., & Lihavainen H. (2023). An agenda for the future of Arctic snow research: the view from Svalbard. Polar Research, 42.

Workshop report: An agenda for the future of snow research in Svalbard - a multidomain approach


James Bradley, Elisabeth Cooper, Mangesh Deshpande, Biagio Di Mauro, Markus Eckerstorfer, Josef Elster, Rune Engeset, Lara Ferrighi, Simon Fihol, Øystein Godøy, Holt Hancock, Ingrid Hunstad, Dariusz Ignatiuk, Hans-Werner Jacobi, Shridhar Jawak, Inger Jennings, Krystyna Kozioł, Catherine Larose, Pierre-Marie Lefeuvre, Lu Li, Heikki Lihavainen, Maarten Loonen, Bartłomiej Luks, Outi Meinander, Kjetil Melvold, Luca Mortarini, Adam Nawrot, Geir Nævdal, Christina Pedersen, Veijo Pohjola, Tuomo Saloranta, Roberto Salzano, Andrea Spolaor, Monica Sund, Jonas Svensson, Ward Van Pelt, Angelo Viola, Vito Vitale, Zhiyong Xie, Jie Zhang


On 1-5 February 2021, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System (SIOS) held a multidisciplinary workshop on snow research in Svalbard with more than 100 participants. This agenda paper is a result of consultations during and after the workshop and builds on the combined expertise of researchers and scientists from various disciplines (glaciology, biology, climatology, etc.), all of whom share a common interest and concerns with the present state and the future of snow-covered environments in the Arctic.

The agenda is intended to serve as a goal-setting, supporting reference document that can be used and cited by researchers, stakeholders and organisations planning snow-related research activities on Svalbard. It can, among other uses, be referred to when preparing applications for research funding by individuals, teams or consortia.

Table of contents


1. Introduction
1.1 Scope and purpose of this document
1.2 Recent trends in snow-related research on Svalbard

2. Science knowledge gaps and needs
2.1 Snow cover and glacier mass balance
2.2 Snow cover, permafrost, hydrology, and terrestrial ecology
2.3 Contaminants and other impurities in the snow cover
2.4 Remote sensing of the snow cover
2.5 Snow, atmosphere dynamics and modelling perspective 

3. Potential focal sites for snow monitoring and research 

4. Data management
4.1 Data documentation (Metadata, file format, licenses)
4.2 File formats
4.3 Licenses
4.4 Data repositories
4.5 Data management plan 

5. References

Appendix 1: Acronyms and abbreviations
Appendix 2: Considerations for snow chemistry monitoring
Appendix 3: Workshop participants