Synoptic Arctic Survey community meeting

A Synoptic Arctic Survey community meeting was held on March 31st, in conjunction with the Arctic Science Summit Week in Tromsø. This was a hybrid meeting, with altogether approximately 40 scientists, program managers and early career scientists attending. Everyone thought it was really nice to meet and interact in person again, after two years with only virtual meetings.

The SAS has evolved into a massive effort with a lot of cruises conducted in 2020 and 2021, and some planned for 2022. Partners from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the USA presented past and future cruises. We were in particular impressed by the unique data collected on the German/Russian/Swiss “Arctic Century expedition” to the Barents and Laptev Seas, and troubled by the challenges that this important collaboration is facing in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

We further discussed how to proceed with the synthesis phase that the Synoptic Arctic Survey is now entering. Data sharing and authors for the different papers are issues that need to be resolved in the coming year. We ended the day by enjoying freshly caught cod – or skrei – from the Lofoten area.

The report from the meeting is available here and most of the presentations are available below:

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

Science Plan Workshop, Gothenburg, September 28-29, 2016

A workshop focusing on Science Plan themes was conducted in Gothenburg. The full report is available for download.

Workshop participants. Back row: Kumiko Asetzu-Scott (Canada), Leif Anderson (Sweden), Vidar Lien (Norway), Peter Schlosser (USA), Jim Swift (USA), Øyvind Paasche (Norway), Are Olsen (Norway), Sebastian Gerland (Norway), Yiming Luo (Norway), Takashi Kikuchi (Japan), Kyoung Ho Cho (South Korea). Front row: Motoyo Itoh (Japan), Karen Edelvang (Denmark), Carin Ashjian (USA), Lise Lotte Sörensen (Denmark), Jens Hölemann (Germany) and Andrey Ye Novikhin (Russia).

International workshop, St. Petersburg, Russia, June 1, 2016

Workshop participants (left to right): Georgy A. Cherkashov, Joern Thiede, Katrin Werdermann, Alexandra Wacko, U.S. Consulate representative, Martin Frank, Dirk Zierpka,  Heidi Marie Kassens, Vidar Lien, Sergey Aplonov  Leonid A. Timokhov, Vladislav Kuznetsov,  Andrey Ye Novikhin, Akira Oshawa, Jens Hölemann, Øyvind Paasche, Bjørn Dahlbäck, Irina Makhotina, Leif Anderson, Vladimir Ivanov, Viktor Ionov, Torsten Kanzow, Are Olsen.