Stein Sandven

Job Position: 
Project Manager/Senior Researcher
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Stein Sandven

Research interests

The research activities are mainly in the areas of remote sensing of sea ice and oceanographic processes including ocean acoustics.  Work includes ocean and sea ice field work with data collection and data analysis.  In sea ice research data from different types of satellite sensors are used for studies of sea ice classification, drift, thickness and processes such as leads, polynyas and ridges. Validation of sea ice remote sensing data uses data from in situ observations. The research is focused on development of operational observing systems for the Arctic seas using both satellite, in situ, and underwater sensors. 

He has been coordinator of many Arctic research projects during the last 30 years, including 19 EU projects, 16 ESA projects and 20 projects under the Research Council of Norway. From 2011 to 2018 he was the science leader of the ESA CCI sea ice project (2012-2018).  From 2017 his main responsibility and fulltime job is to coordinate the H2020 project Arctic Integrated Observation System (INTAROS), which runs from 2016 to 2022. INTAROS has 49 partners from 20 countries and a budget of 15.5 MEURO. As coordinator of INTAROS, he works with the major organisations, programmes and projects related to Arctic observing systems in Europe, North America and Asia. From 2020 to 2022 he is coordinator of the Coordination and Support Action CAPARDUS under H2020.  Presently he is member of the advisory boards for several new Arctic projects funded by EU and the Research Council of Norway.


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Peer Review Publications and Books

80 total publications.


  1. Sandven S, Johannessen OM. Sea ice monitoring by Remote Sensing. I: Remote Sensing of the Marine Environment (ed. J. Gower), Manual of Remote Sensing. 2006. p. 241-283.


  1. Shuchman RA, Onstott RG, Johannessen OM, Sandven S, Johannessen JA. Processes at the ice edge - The Arctic. I: SAR Marine Users Manual, Chapter 18. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2004. p. 373-395.
  2. Shuchman R, Onstott R, Johannessen OM, Sandven S, Johannessen JA. Processes at the ice edge The Arctic. Chapter 18. I: Synthetic Aperture Radar. Marine User s Manual. 2004. p. 373-396.


  1. Johannessen OM, Sandven S. Monitoring of the Arctic Ocean. I: Referee paper in \"Operational oceanography - Extending the limits of predicatbility\". Proceedings of the 2nd EuroGOOS International Conference, Rome, 11-13 March, 1999. Elsevier Oceanography Series 66. 2002.
  2. Johannessen JA, Sandven S, Durand D. Earth Science - Oceanography. I: A Century of Space Science. 2002. p. 1585-1622.

Other Publications


  1. Sandven S, Hamre T. Interoperable GMES Services for Environmental Risk Management in Marine and Coastal Areas of Europe. Presentation at 33rd International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE). 2009;
  2. Sandven S, Hamre T. The InterRisk system concept - a distributed web GIS. Presentation at Environmental Risk Management tools for water quality monitoring, (WARMER & INTERRISK EC FP6). 2009;


  1. Sandven S. Sea ice monitoring in European Arctic Seas using a multisensor approach [Internett]. I: Barale, Gade M. Remote Sensing of the European Seas. Series: Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008. p. 487 – 498.Available from:
  2. Sandven S. The Arctic - challenges and opportunities for oil and gas exploration.'s print publications - Exploration and Production - The Oil and Gas Review [Internett]. 2008;Available from:
  3. Bobylev L, Sandven S, Kuzmina S, Shalina EE, Johannessen OM, Pettersson LH. Shrinking ice in the Arctic in the 20th and 21st centuries from observations and modeling. Proceedings of SCAR/IASC IPY Open Science Conference, St. Petersburg, Russia, 8-11 July 2008. 2008;
  4. Alexandrov V, Piotrovskaya NY, Sandven S, Kloster K. Sea ice classification using ASAR Alternating Polarisation images. Abstracts of the 2-nd International Workshop on advances in SAR oceanography from ENVISAT and ERS missions (SEASAR2008). 2008;:p.103.
  5. Alexandrov V, Volkov VA, Sandven S, Kloster K. SAR studies of sea ice and icebergs in the Eurasian Arctic. the third international conference “Earth from Space – the most effective solutions. 2008;:pp. 66-69.
  6. Sandven S. Forholdene rundt dannelse og smelting av nyis og skruis. I: Solberg, Knut Espen: Smeltende Arktis. 2008. p. 144-145.
  7. Alexandrov V, Volkov VA, Sandven S, Babiker M, Kloster K. Detection of Arctic icebergs on the base of satellite SAR. Abstracts of the 2-nd International Workshop on advances in SAR oceanography from ENVISAT and ERS missions (SEASAR2008), ESA ESRIN. 2008;:p.101.