Remote Sensing Working Group (RSWG)

Contact Shridhar Jawak, Remote Sensing Officer and secretary for RSWG:

The RSWG directive is to

  • Assess the status of the SIOS community’s satellite data requirements for Svalbard and the Arctic Ocean, and keep track of any relevant developments within the ESA-EC Copernicus programme;
  • Assess the SIOS community’s needs for producing specific remotely-sensed data sets and decide which SIOS partners will be generating these data products;
  • Work in step with the SIOS Data Management Service regarding the integration of the remotely-sensed data products in the SIOS web portal;
  • Work with the appropriate agencies to promote Svalbard as a Cal/Val site;
  • Serve as a forum where future research directions in Arctic satellite remote sensing are discussed.

The RSWG work programme for 2020

  • Special issue in an international journal to facilitate publications from InfraNor, SIOS-ACCESS, SIOS-SESS report, and other remote sensing-based projects being conducted by SIOS members and international scientific community in Svalbard.
  • Training course on remote sensing for SIOS community
  • Workshop on promoting Svalbard as a potential Cal/Val site
  • Copernicus relay activities, Copernicus user forum activities, facilitating outreach and training activities
  • User surveys using to collect inputs from the whole SIOS community
  • Generate the next version of Product Inventory Document (PID) in which remotely-sensed data products that are already available with each SIOS member institution are identified.
  • Integrate prioritized products for access via the SIOS web-portal in collaboration with the SIOS Data Management System (SDMS).
  • Generate the next version of User Requirement Document (URD) that clarifies the SIOS needs for satellite data from the national ground segment (especially in relation to the Copernicus ground segment)
  • Implement the Norwegian Space Centre’s Copernicus Svalbard projects on dedicated processing of satellite data within the domain-specific expertise of the RSWG
  • Provide inputs to access programme for ground validation/verification of satellite products in consultation with the Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee (RICC)

Key achievements in 2019

  • SIOS Training course on Marine Remote Sensing in Svalbard was conducted during 2-5 September 2019 at Longyearbyen, Svalbard. (22 Participants, 5 teachers, 13 lectures, 3 hands-on sessions)
  • Panel discussion on Svalbard as a cal/val site for satellite missions
  • In 2019, RSWG gained 2 new representatives (1 from Met Norway and 1 from NCPOR)
  • Outreach and networking: SIOS RSS activities were highlighted in on outreach/networking arenas e.g. ESA-Phi Week, ESA Living Planet Symposium, and Arctic Frontiers 2019

News from RSWG

Annual face to face meeting of the RSWG took place in Longyearbyen during Polar Night Week 2020. Members discussed about the work programme of the year 2020 and how to fulfil it until the end of year. 

Photo: RSWG meeting during Polar Night Week, 17th January 2019. Picture (from top left): Mari Anne Killie, Mikhail Itkin, Shridhar Jawak, Bo Andersen, Malgorzata Blaszczyk, Eirik Malnes, Anton Korosov, Veijo Pohjola, Vito Vitale




Presence of remote sensing working group and activities on international platforms

  • SIOS remote sensing services to support an international multi-domain regional observing system for Svalbard, The 5th national Conference on Science & Geopolitics of Himalaya-Arctic-Antarctic (SaGHAA V), Theme: Technological Innovations and Research Expeditions, February 26-27, 2019, India International Centre, New Delhi, India.
  • Role of emerging technologies in Earth observation and remote sensing to complement the sustained observing system in Svalbard, Arctic Frontiers 2019 - Smart Arctic, Tromsø, Norway, 20 - 24 January 2019.
  • Improving Arctic Observation Systems through coordination – examples from the first State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report, EGU General Assembly 2019, Vienna, Austria, 07-12 April 2019.
  • Co-ordinated operational remote sensing services to support an international observing system for Svalbard, 2019 Living Planet Symposium, 13-17 May 2019, Milan, Italy.
  • Earth observation (EO) and remote sensing (RS) services to support an international observing system for Svalbard, 09-13 Sept. 2019, ESA-Phi Week, ESRIN, Frascati, Italy.

Associated task forces

Terrestrial Remote Sensing Training Course (TRST)

  1. Hans Tømmervik, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
  2. Bartłomiej Luks, Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences
  3. Luc Girod, University of Oslo
  4. Richard Hann, University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
  5. Shridhar Jawak, SIOS-KC

RSWG leader

RSWG members