SAS fall Webinar “A New Arctic Emerging” on September 2

Thanks to our three speakers and to everyone who attended the Webinar! Watch it above.


The Synotic Arctic Survey (SAS) is still going strong despite the situation with Covid-19. On this occasion, we would like to bring you up to speed on the status of the Arctic Ocean and of SAS and hereby invite you to join the Synoptic Arctic Survey’s fall Webinar “A New Arctic Emerging” on September 2, 15:00 – 17:00 (UTC +2).

This Webinar will address the Arctic Ocean in response to present and future climate change with focus on marine physical, biogeochemical, and ecological processes, and emphasizes the underlying question behind SAS’s science plan: What are the present state and major ongoing transformations of the Arctic marine system?

There will be three solicited talks with room for questions and discussions:

1. Andrey Proshutinsky (WHOI)Freshwater in the Beaufort Gyre; accumulation, release processes, and their influence on Arctic circulation and climate.

2. Ryan Woosley (MiT)Freshening of the western Arctic and the impacts on anthropogenic carbon uptake potential.

3. Marit Reigstad (UiT)Understanding the driving mechanisms and potential fate of increased primary production in the Arctic.

The Webinar will take place in GoToMeeting, and moderated by Øyvind Paasche, the Chair of SAS’ Scientific Steering Committee.

If you are interested in joining, please email Anne Kari Meisingset at anne.meisingset(@) to get the meeting ID.

Hope to see you there!


Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) Meeting

On the 11th of June, a virtual SSC meeting was held. It dealt with updates from planned SAS expeditions, the construction of a new SAS data portal, as well as upcoming meetings and webinars suchs as the Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting and next year’s Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW). A brief summary of relevant updates are provided in the following. 

Despite the COVID-19 situation many of the SAS cruises are still going as planned in 2020, whereas others are postponed until 2021 or even 2022. The cruises going as planned in 2020 include the Korean and Japanese cruises in the Pacific Central Arctic Ocean from August 8 to September 4 (Korea) and from 13 October to 22 October (Japan), and the Norwegian/Russian contribution in the Barents Sea in August/September, the Canada/USA/EU cruise in Davis Strait from August 22 to September 17, and the Canada/USA/Japan cruise in the Beaufort Gyre from September 14 to to October 3. 

SSC was also informed about two potentially new SAS cruises planned for 2021 which we were delighted to learn about. Karen Edelvang presented the Danish contribution “Polar DREAM 2021 – From glacier to glacier”, a survey consisting of three ships that will take measurements at 1) the glacier front and shelf break on the south-eastern parts of Greenland, 2) the glacier front and shelf break in Kongsfjorden, Svalbard, and 3) across Fram Strait. 

Vito Vitale gave a presentation on the tentative plans for the Italian 2021 summer expedition with the newly acquired icebreaker Laura Bassi. This expedition can potentially contribute with physical, biological, atmospheric, and geological/geophysical measurements outside the west coast of Svalbard which will be most valuable to SAS and the international community. 

Details on these cruises in addition to plans for all SAS expeditions can be found in the cruise matrix from the “Expeditions” tab. This table has updated information on all cruises in collaboration with SAS.

Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS) Meeting on Biological Protocols

04/06/2020, 15:00 – 17:00 (UTC+2)

Welcome to the virtual SAS meeting on the 4th of June. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss biological sampling/storing protocols for the upcoming SAS cruises. Are Olsen will give a brief presentation on existing protocols for physical and chemical sampling. Then, the main presentation will be given by Pauline Snoeijs Leijonmalm (SU) who will address the necessity and the associated challenges with developing biological protocols for SAS cruises. After this presentation, we will open for a discussion on how to best proceed in developing such a protocol.

Pauline has prepared a document for SAS on how to move forward on DNA and RNA sampling:  Oden-SAS OMICS proposal PSL 200220. We encourage participants to read and consider this prior to the meeting.

Hopefully, by the end of the meeting there will be an agreement on how to proceed with regard to standardized SAS biological protocols.

Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Meeting details:

When: 4th of June, 15:00 – 17:00 local time (UTC +2:00)

Where: Teams, join by clicking this link: Join Teams Meeting