Stein Sandven

Job Position: 
Research Director
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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.   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.

Peer Review Publications and Books

64 total publications.


  1. Shuchman R, Onstott R, Johannessen OM, Sandven S, Johannessen JA. Processes at the ice edge The Arctic. Chapter 18. In: Synthetic Aperture Radar. Marine User s Manual. 2004. p. 373-396.


  1. Johannessen OM, Sandven S. Monitoring of the Arctic Ocean. In: 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. In: A Century of Space Science. 2002. p. 1585-1622.


  1. Sandven S, Johannessen OM, Kloster K. Sea Ice Monitoring. In: Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. 1999.


  1. Johannessen OM, Volkov AM, Grischenko VD, Bobylev L, Sandven S, Kloster K, et al. ICEWATCH - Ice SAR monitoring of the Northern Sea Route. In: 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, et al. A review of the possible applications of satellite earth observation data within EuroGOOS. In: 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. In: 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. In: 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. In: 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. In: Ice Technology for Polar Operations, Computational Mechanics Publications. 1990. p. 415-426.
  3. Sandven S, Johannessen OM. Seasonal ice zone studies. In: The Sea, Ocean Engineering Science. 1990. p. 567-591.

Other Publications


  1. Sandven S. Sea ice monitoring in European Arctic Seas using a multisensor approach [Internet]. In: 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 [Internet]. 2008;Available from:
  3. Sandven S. Forholdene rundt dannelse og smelting av nyis og skruis. In: Solberg, Knut Espen: Smeltende Arktis. 2008. p. 144-145.
  4. 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.
  5. Alexandrov V, Sandven S. Sea-ice thickness retrieval from radar-altimeter data. Abstracts of the Sixth all-Russian annual conference “Contemporary problems of Earth remote sensing from Space”. 2008;:p. 166.
  6. 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;
  7. 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.