Access to SIOS Research Infrastructure

SIOS Access Programme

The SIOS Access Programme facilitates access to the full breadth of research infrastructure on Svalbard that has been made available to SIOS by its members. The programme is coordinated by the SIOS Knowledge Centre (SIOS-KC) in collaboration with the Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee (RICC).

The distributed infrastructure, known as SIOS RI, is owned and operated by SIOS members. SIOS offers access opportunities to these scientific facilities and research instruments through regular strategic SIOS calls. The first pilot access call was conducted in 2017 with field work taking place in 2018. Subsequent calls for access are opened each summer and are linked to the research priorities identified in the SESS report (see links in the side bar for more information). The calls are organised by SIOS-KC, utilising SIOS committees and external reviewers to facilitate an effective and transparent project review and assessment process. Access to SIOS RI is in accordance with the SIOS Access Policy.

SIOS observation facility catalogue

SIOS has developed a catalogue which provides an overview of the observation facilities which collect SIOS data. An observation facility can be one instrument or a collection of instruments, e.g. a weather station, and is a term used by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The annotation is standardised following the WMO standards as far as possible, in order to make entries unambiguous and interoperable internationally.

The purpose of the catalogue is to make better use of the existing research infrastructure by facilitating the search for given parameters and their location. In this way, duplication can be avoided and new measurements can be co-located with existing ones. The catalogue may also be used to gain a simple overview of collected parameters and how to access the data. The search interface allows users to search for GCMD keywords or to filter by status, type or observatory. The map interface may be used to search in a particular area.

The catalogue was developed by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute, with input from a task force consisting of representatives from the Norwegian Polar Institute and the Alfred Wegener Institute. NySMAC members and RICC gave valuable input on the test version.

Click here to view the catalogue and here for data entry guidance. To enter data, you must be logged in with the assigned role "RI responsible". Please contact the Access and Logisitics Officer to have this role assigned to your account. 


For general information about research infrastructure in and around Svalbard, please visit the web portal of Svalbard Science Forum.


Did you know?

Many of the stations offering access in the SIOS Access Call are also members of the InterAct network. InterAct has a call for Transnational Access (TA) opening this autumn: 

Svalbard Science Forum has a call for the Arctic Field Grant closing in mid-October every year:

What is the difference between the calls?

While anyone may apply to the SIOS call, access will be prioritised to projects that fit into the overall prioritisation of SIOS and are linked to existing efforts to optimise the observing system.

InterAct TA has specific eligibility rules, meaning you can only access infrastructure operated by a country other than the one you normally work in, and on the provision that a similar infrastructure does not exist in your country. As this excludes most researchers from a country with infrastructure in Svalbard from applying for fieldwork in Svalbard, SIOS members are more likely to be eligible for access via the SIOS call.

The Arctic Field Grant is only open to those working at a Norwegian scientific institution or working in direct collaboration with one. Students and researchers who are not already established in Svalbard are prioritised.