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, Kloster K. Sea Ice Monitoring. I: Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. 1999.


  1. Johannessen OM, Volkov AM, Grischenko VD, Bobylev L, Sandven S, Kloster K, mfl. ICEWATCH - Ice SAR monitoring of the Northern Sea Route. I: Operational Oceanography. The challenge for European co-operation, proceedings of the First International Conference on EuroGOOS, 7. - 11. October, 1996. 1997. p. 224-233.
  2. Johannessen OM, Pettersson LH, Bjørgo E, Espedal H, Evensen G, Hamre T, mfl. A review of the possible applications of satellite earth observation data within EuroGOOS. I: Operational Oceanography, The challenge for European co-operation, proceed. of the First Int. Conference on EuroGOOS 7. - 11. Oct. 1996,The Hague, The Netherlands. Elsevier Oceanogra. 1997. p. 192-205.


  1. Johannessen OM, Sagen H, Sandven S, Starke KV, Payne S, Engelsen I. Spatial variation in ambient sound level within ice edge eddies. I: Natural Physical Sources of Underwater Sound. 1993. p. 563-571.


  1. Johannessen OM, Sandven S, Johannessen JA. Eddy-related winter convection in the Boreas Basin. I: Deep Convection and Deep Water Formation in the oceans, Elsevier Oceanographic Series. 1991. p. 87-105.


  1. Sandven S, Johannessen OM. Ice conditions in the Barents Sea during SIZEX 89. I: Ice Technology for Polar Operations, Computational Mechanics Publications. 1990. p. 309-320.
  2. Sagen H, Johannessen OM, Sandven S. The influence of sea ice on ocean ambient sound. In Ice Technology for Polar Operation. I: Ice Technology for Polar Operations, Computational Mechanics Publications. 1990. p. 415-426.
  3. Sandven S, Johannessen OM. Seasonal ice zone studies. I: The Sea, Ocean Engineering Science. 1990. p. 567-591.

Other Publications


  1. 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.
  2. Sandven S. Forholdene rundt dannelse og smelting av nyis og skruis. I: Solberg, Knut Espen: Smeltende Arktis. 2008. p. 144-145.
  3. 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.


  1. Sandven S, Kloster K, Dagestad K-F. Ice drift in the Fram Strait from ENVISAT ASAR data. Proceedings of ENVISAT Symposium, 23 27 April 2007, Montreux, Switzerland. 2007;
  2. Bobylev L, Shalina EE, Johannessen OM, Zabolotskikh E, Sandven S, Babina OO. Changes in the Arctic sea ice cover from passive microwave satellite measurements. Proceedings of Scientific Conference High Latitude Seas and Marine Cryosphere , 25 27 October 2007, St. Petersburg, Russia. 2007;
  3. Sagen H, Sandven S, Skarsoulis E, Piperakis G, Kalogerakis M, Worcester PF. DAMOCLES: The Fram Strait Acoustic tomography system. Proc. Int. Conf. Underwater Acoustic Measurements, J. Papadakis and L. Bjørnø (Eds.), Heraklion 2007. 2007;
  4. Sandven S, Hamre T. InterRisk, Interoperable GMES Services for Environmental Risk Management in Marine and Coastal Areas of Europe. Presentation at International Symposium on Environmental Software Systems (ISESS) 2007 conference. 2007;