Week-long Research School in Longyearbyen, Svalbard

Lecturers from the Research School. You can read their Biographies here.


INTAROS is back in Svalbard as co-organizer of the training course "Research school on cross-disciplinary science in the Arctic and collaboration with local communities". The course will provide classes from leading researchers and educators from Norway, USA and Canada, and is aimed at young scientists working on the Arctic science topics described below. 


Topics for the research school:
(1) Studies of natural and human-made hazards in the Arctic addressing problems such as earthquakes, oil spills, slope failures and ice-related hazards. The studies include physical processes and causes behind the hazards, how they can be detected and monitored, and how risks can be minimized and impact mitigated.
(2) Status and change of the ocean acoustic environment is affected by increased shipping, tourism and exploitation of resources in the Arctic regions. The research school will demonstrate how acoustic
data is collected, processed and used to study natural processes and human-induced noise.
(3) Cross-disciplinary data analysis and data management is important in order to and build knowledge from the increasing amount of data in the Arctic. The research school will have lectures and practical exercises based on data from topic (1) and (2), satellite data and other data proposed by the students.
(4) Community-based monitoring evolves as an important contribution to an integrated Arctic Observing System, with focus on collaboration and communication between academic research and local communities. The research school will have lectures on such activities in Canada, Alaska and Svalbard.


The research school runs from 2-7 December 2018. The full programme for the course is available here.


As part of the research school, students will participated in a workshop on "Communication between science and local community in Longyearbyen", on 29th November. The aim of the workshop was to initiate a dialogue on knowledge, challenges and possibilities related to climate, nature, and the environment on Svalbard. A central question was how research on climate and the environment can be of use for the local community in Longyearbyen. Different local protagonists gave short statements about what they see as the most important challenges and possibilities related to climate, nature, and the environment within their sector, as well as what knowledge is needed. The full agenda for the workshop is available here.


The research school is organised by the Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC) and collaborating partners in the project “Useful Arctic Knowledge: partnership for research and education” (UAK) in collaboration with the H2020 project Integrated Arctic Observation System (INTAROS) and the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). 


30 November 2018