Environmental change and climate change in particular, are expected to be most pronounced in the polar regions. For this reason, a multi-disciplinary research infrastructure covering all important elements of the coupled Earth System in the Arctic is a very valuable tool to quantify the ongoing global change and to verify the capability of Earth System models to predict future changes. The EFRI Project “Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System” (SIOS) is intended to take this role.

The main goal of the SIOS Preparatory Phase (SIOS-PP) project is to define, work out and decide on the formal framework needed to establish and operate the geographically distributed and thematically composed multi-national research infrastructure with a node function in different aspects, that SIOS will manifest. This covers, on one side, aspects common for all ESFRI initiatives, such as legal status, governance structure, financial strategy, a data management and utilization plan, and an (on- and offshore) logistics plan. In addition, SIOS-PP will address topics that are special for this infrastructure: a dedicated remote sensing strategy, an

internal scientific and observational, as well as an international integration and cooperation plan, which will link SIOS to regional European Arctic and pan-Arctic scientific infrastructure networks.

ISGI – CNR is participating in this Project, in particular in the development possible alternatives for the legal status of a future European Research infrastructure; design an overarching governance structure and decision-making procedures for the multinational, multi-platform and multi-disciplinary SIOS infrastructure; and achieve a legally binding agreement of as many partners as possible on the above issues, leading to the formal establishment of the European Research Infrastructure SIOS.

The SIOS-PP project will be carried out by a consortium of 27 partners from 14 countries including 4 non-EU and non-associated countries; three of the partners are national funding agencies. In addition, 23 associated partners with infrastructure or strong scientific interests on Svalbard will cooperate during the preparatory phase. The project has a duration of 3 years.

The preparatory phase of Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System will finish in October 2013.

For more information, please visit: http://www.sios-svalbard.org.


ISGI research team:

Dr. Gianfranco Tamburelli, Project Manager

Dr. Gemma Andreone, Project Manager

Dr. Rosita Forastiero, Member

Dr. Andrea Crescenzi, Member

Dr. Silvana Moscatelli, Member