The SIOS Science Wheel

SIOS aims to set an example for how to systematically construct observational networks in the Arctic and how joint efforts provide added value to the user community.

SIOS uses several means to achieve this goal. The working groups secure user commitment and impact on the process of improving the existing observing system; the data portal with its access to standardised data facilitates the integration between different research fields and nations; and the State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report will be the ultimate tool for research based guidance towards optimisation of the Svalbard Observing System for Earth System Science.

The strategic overview, optimisation and integration of the observing system is handled at the science manager level. The final decisions are made by the General Assembly, after recommendations from the Board of Directors who in turn are guided by the Science Optimisation Advisory group and other working groups.



Concept of the SIOS science wheel to optimise the observing system, showing the development of the State of Environmental Science in Svalbard report (blue) and the Access Programme (yellow). Other elements within SIOS that influence the processes are shown in turquoise. The science wheel is driven mainly through bottom-up processes but is regularly aligned through top-down decisions. Innovation is central in both circles in order to improve the Observing System. The SIOS Knowledge Centre ensures the continuous development, the teeth of the cogwheel representing the coordinated services that drive SIOS and the observing system forward.

SESS = State of Environmental Science in Svalbard report; GA = General Assembly; BoD = Board of Directors; SOAG = Science Optimisation Advisory Group; RICC = Research Infrastructure Coordination Committee; RI = Research Infrastructure.