SIOS is a Norwegian-initiated international cooperation to use Svalbard’s research equipment for the purpose of increasing knowledge about global climate and environmental changes. Its members are Norwegian and foreign institutions looking to understand the Earth system as a whole. This means working on how ocean currents, atmospheric and geological conditions, the extent of ice and snow, and plants, animals and human beings effect each other. SIOS works to make the observations efficient by sharing costs, technology, experience and data to learn from and with each other so solve global environmental question for society. SIOS currently has 26 member institutions from 9 different countries.
One of the main products of SIOS is data. SIOS has its own data policy that is in line with national and international guidelines. SIOS is working towards making data FAIR which is an international standard to make it easier to make sure that others also can use the data produced on Svalbard. This ensures that we have the best data to detect and understand environmental change in and around Svalbard. Maybe the best understanding in any polar region.
The SIOS Knowledge Centre (SIOS-KC) is the engine and oil of the whole consortium. SIOS-KC makes sure that all these different scientists can work together in a fruitful way. SIOS-KC can help scientists that are unfamiliar with Svalbard become part of the science community. New science thus builds on what already is there. With the SIOS-KC all science becomes more efficient and productive in Svalbard. SIOS makes Svalbard a unique research platform with open and peaceful cooperation between all nations.
SIOS is a Norwegian-initiated international cooperation to exploit Svalbard’s research infrastructure for the purpose of increasing knowledge about global climate and environmental changes. Its members are Norwegian and foreign institutions with research focus relevant to interdisciplinary earth system studies, that is, of the complex interrelationships between ocean currents, atmospheric and geological conditions, the extent of ice and snow, and plants and animals. The mission of SIOS is to develop an efficient observing system, share technology, experience and data, close knowledge gaps and decrease the environmental footprint of science. These will serve researches, business and public management. SIOS has currently 26 member institutions from 9 different countries.
As a holistic multidisciplinary research infrastructure, SIOS has huge potential to improve our understanding of the ongoing vast changes in Arctic environment and provide observations for climate adaptation and mitigation. During the first years of the operational phase SIOS has taken a leap towards a unified observing system in Svalbard.
One of the main products of SIOS is data. SIOS has its own data policy that is in line with national and international guidelines. SIOS is working towards making data FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperability and reusable). The data is accessible through SIOS Data Management System. SIOS has defined the first set of SIOS Core Data, which are Earth System Science data critical to detect, attribute and describe the environmental change in and around Svalbard.
SIOS is coordinated by the so-called Knowledge Centre (SIOS-KC). SIOS-KC coordinates and optimises the access to research infrastructures and infrastructure initiatives. SIOS-KC provides various services to the SIOS members which all contribute to combined research efforts under common goals and enhance the quality and efficiency of earth system science research in Svalbard.