SAS November Webinar

CTD, R/V Mirai 2020, Western Arctic Ocean.

The Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS) completed four cruises this fall in the Western Arctic Ocean, where the latest one with R/V Mirai just arrived back in Shimizu (Japan) from the Canada Basin.

On this occasion, we would like to invite you to join the SAS November Webinar where representatives from each cruise will report back from the expeditions. Much changed because of the pandemic, but most cruises still carried out their sampling program and collected physical, chemical, and biological measurements that will become part of SAS’s pan-arctic dataset.

In addition to the cruise reports, there will be an update on “ARCTIC CENTURY”, the Russian/Swiss/German contribution to SAS 2021 that will sample across the Kara Sea with the icebreaker Akademik Tryoshnikov. We will also see some highlights from the recent yearlong MOSAiC cruise.

There will be time for questions and discussion after the last talk.

Date, time, and location:

November 19, 2020
15:00 – 17:00 CET
Online, see details below.


Dr Shigeto Nishino (JAMSTEC) Reporting from the Japanese contribution from Bering Strait, Chukchi Sea, and Canada Basin with R/V Mirai.
Dr Kyoung-Ho Cho (KOPRI) – Reporting from the Korean contribution from Bering Strait and Chukchi Sea with R/V Araon.

Dr Kumiko Asetzu-Scott (DFO) – Reporting from the USA/Canada/Denmark/Greenland contribution from Davis Strait, Baffin Bay, and Labrador Sea with R/V Dana.

Dr Bill Williams (DFO) – Reporting from the USA/Canada/Japan contribution from the Beaufort Sea and Canada Basin with CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent.

Dr Heidi Marie Kassens (GEOMAR) – Update on «ARCTIC CENTURY» 2021.

Dr Carin Ashjian (WHOI) – Presentation from the recent MOSAiC expedition.
The Webinar will take place in GoToMeeting. Please email to get the meeting ID and password.

Feel free to distribute this throughout your community and network.

See you there!

Mascots of R/V Mirai’s mother port Mutsu (Japan) together with a sediment trap.








Best regards,

Anne Kari Meisingset
SAS Coordinator

SAS on Arctic Science Summit Week 2021

Good news!

SAS will lead a session during next year’s online Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) 20 to 26 March.

Session name: “The International Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS) Program in the High Arctic”

Chairs: Jacqueline Grebmeier (CBL/UMCES, USA), Øyvind Paasche (Norway), and Christina Goethel (CBL/UMCES, USA)

More information will come in December.

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.

Meet our new coordinator, Anne Kari

Hello Anne Kari Øhman Meisingset!

  • What is your background? I have an MSc in chemical oceanography from the University of Bergen where I studied the increase in anthropogenic CO2 in the Nordic seas and Arctic Ocean. After finishing my degree last year, I participated in an ICOS Norway project, and I have been working on getting my thesis published.
  • What will you be doing in the SAS project? I will join the SAS team as a coordinator.
  • What fascinates you about the Arctic? There is so many fascinating things about the Arctic, but what intrigues me the most is all the unanswered questions and the ability to be a part of a community that might answer some of them. For example, how will climate change affect the Arctic region, and how will the physical, chemical, and biological processes respond to that change? When I worked on my thesis I never really knew what to expect from my results in the Arctic Ocean since there is not many findings to compare with, and it was always exciting to dive into different theories that could explain what I found.

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

The Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS) – Informational Meeting during the AGU’s Fall meeting in San Francisco

December 11, 2019, 14:30 – 15:30
ARCUS Community Meeting Room Monterrey II
Hotel Nikko
222 Mason St.
San Francisco, CA

The Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS) is an ongoing international
program conducting a multi-nation, oceanographic field based
effort on a Pan Arctic Scale over two years (2020-2021) during a
single season (late summer).

With this the SAS seeks to achieve the baseline understanding of
the fundamental structure and function of the linked
carbon-ecosystem-physical systems that will permit detection of
ongoing and future changes in the Arctic Ocean.

The first cruises will take place in late summer 2020. Several
cruises will also take place in 2021. Join us for an informal
update on the status of the international efforts.

All are welcome.

Øyvind Paasche (International SAS Science Steering Committee
Chair (SSC)) and Carin Ashjian (Int.’l SSC Member and Co-Chair, US SSC)