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Multidisciplinary workshop on snow research in Svalbard (online)
From Monday 01 February 2021
To Friday 05 February 2021
Location online

The long awaited multidisciplinary SIOS workshop on snow research in Svalbard will be held online 1-3 & 5 February. Registration is free and now open! Join us for 4 exciting mornings with focus on snow observations and research, technology development and many other topics.

Snow covers all of Svalbard for up to nine months and affects all spheres of the Earth System. However, we still lack a holistic picture of snow processes and need to develop tools to monitor these processes, and assess risks associated with snow.

This workshop aims to bring together people from different disciplines and backgrounds during 4 half-day sessions in order to develop specific targeted initiatives related to snow science in Svalbard. The focus will be on activities that provide answers to snow related science questions, with focus on activities that

  • help integrate cross-disciplinary studies*
  • help to develop technologies that can be used to address the above
  • develop data management and metadata creation processes that ensure proper archiving, dissemination, and communication

* Currently, topics include snow physics and remote sensing, snow chemistry (aerosols), and the need for standardised parameters as well as field data for modelling parameterisation. We hope that experts also from other fields will join the workshop in order to contribute to a comprehensive research agenda on snow research in Svalbard.

The workshop will comprise two sections, (1) drafting of a research agenda for snow research in Svalbard, and (2) discussions on technology development in the area of snow physics, and will include panel discussions, selected short scientific talks, discussions in break-out groups, and writing sessions on the research agenda draft. Extra time will be allocated for discussions on other relevant topics (community-based observations, data management solutions, etc.).

Where? Online (Zoom)

When? 1st – 3rd (9:00 – 13:00 CET) and 5th (9:00 – 11:30 CET) February 2021

Who is invited?

  • Scientists from all disciplines affected by snow and local stakeholders in Svalbard
  • Engineers and enterprises interested in the development of scientific sensors and technology suitable for measuring physical snow properties under Arctic conditions.
Monday 01 February 2021

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