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State of Environmental Science in Svalbard – SESS 2020

13.01.2021 - 15:36 update 15.03.2021 - 11:59
Editors: lukaszmalarzewski

On January 11, 2021, during the virtual event: Polar Night Week https://sios-svalbard.org/PolarNightWeek the promotion of the third State of Environmental Science in Svalbard (SESS) report took place.

SESS reports summarize the current state of knowledge on the Arctic environment’s key parameters and their interdependence. They are an essential source of information on the state of the natural environment of Svalbard, also serving as a platform of knowledge available to the entire community, necessary for the sustainable development and protection of the Arctic environment.

International and multidisciplinary teams work on the reports, chaired by scientists from SIOS (Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System) member institutions. The third report’s preparation has also been attended by the University of Silesia in Katowice employees –Elżbieta Łepkowska from the Centre for Polar Studies and Michał Laska from the Institute of Earth Sciences.

Elżbieta Łepkowska is the co-author of the article entitled “From land to fjords: The review of Svalbard hydrology from 1970 to 2019 (SvalHydro)”, about the evolution of Svalbard hydrology in connection with recent climate change.

The article entitled “Scientific Applications of Unmanned Vehicles in Svalbard (UAV Svalbard)”, co-authored by Michał Laska, focuses on the examples of the use of unmanned vehicles (aerial, land and underwater) for detailed research of the natural environment of this part of the Arctic.

The above and other articles of this report can be found here: https://sios-svalbard.org/SESS_Issue3

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