SAS webinar: Sentinels of change in the Arctic Ocean

Zoom webinar #2 2024: on Monday 22 April, 13:00 – 14:30 UTC

Poster about content of SAS webinar #2 on sentinels of change in the Arctic Ocean

The Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS) aims to map the present states and ongoing changes of the Arctic Ocean ecosystem, carbon cycle and associated hydrography. It does so by enhancing ongoing ocean monitoring with ship-based measurements.

This webinar showcases some of the striking changes in the Arctic Ocean and their impact on the characteristics and ecosystems of the Arctic Ocean. It will be moderated by Øyvind Paasche, the chair of the SAS scientific steering committee. There will be three solicited talks with room for questions and discussions:

    1. Alexandra Jahn – Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, USA
      • Projections of an ice-free Arctic Ocean
    2. Suzanne Tank – Associate Professor at the University of Alberta, Canada
      • The Arctic Great Rivers Observatory: Long Term Trends in River Chemistry Diagnose Multi-Faceted Northern Change
    3. Clare Gaffey – PhD candidate at Clark University, USA
      • Characteristics of Light, Heat, and Chlorophyll Pigments in the Pacific Arctic During the 2022 U.S. Synoptic Arctic Survey Cruise

The webinar will take place in Zoom. If you would like to join the webinar, please register to receive the meeting link:

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Open position: Project Manager for Synoptic Arctic Survey

At the Geophysical institute we have an open permanent position as Project Manager (Advisor) for the international secretariat of the Synoptic Arctic Survey, hosted by Norway and the UiB. The position is jointly funded by strategic allocations from the UiB and by the EU H2020 project ArcticPassion. The initial scope of the position may change with time, depending on future funding.

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.