Stein Sandven
Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre
Edv. Griegsvei 3a
N-5037 Solheimsviken
Tel: 47 55 297288
Fax: 47 55 200050

Stein Sandven has nearly 20 years of experience in marine and polar remote sensing. Sea ice is currently his main area of interest. He has published over 30 scientific articles in refereed journals and a number of project reports. He has been project leader of several ESA and EU-funded remote sensing studies, primarily sea ice projects. Recently, he was leader of a study where NERSC and MSSL carried out "Performance analysis of an Ice Topography Mission" (ESTEC Contract no. 12124/96/NL/CN), where the capability of a beam-limited 94 Ghz radar altimeter and an interferometric SAR altimeter at 13 Ghz was studied. He has together with Swedish Space Corporation and some other partners carried out a "Mission study of an Ice Topography Observation System" using a laser altimeter. He was member of ESA's Earth Explorer Topography Working Group 1995-1996. He is currently one of the Honorary Theme Editors of UNESCO's Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS). He is intersted to use MIRAS data for studies of sea and freshwater ice.

Sandven, S, O. M. Johannessen and Martin Miles. Barents Sea seasonal ice zone features and processes from ERS-1 SAR. Accepted in JGR, 1998.

Sandven, S. M. Lundhaug, Ø. Dalen, J. Solhaug, K. Kloster, V. Alexandrov, V. V. Melentyev and A. Bogdanov. Sea Ice Investigations in the Laptev Sea using RADARSAT ScanSAR data. Proceedings of IGARSS98, 6 - 10 July, Seattle.

Samuel, P., Øyvind Dalen, S. Sandven, J. Ridley, D. Wingham and P. Wadhams. Performance analysis of an Ice Topography Mission. ESTEC Contract no. 12124/96/NL/CN, NERSC Technical report no. 141, December 1997.

Wingham, D., P. De Mey, P. Hartl and S. Sandven. Topography Mission. Reports for Assessment. The Nine Candidate Earth Explorer Missions. European Space Agency SP-1196 (9), 87 pp. April 1996.

Sandven, S and O. M. Johannessen, "The use of microwave remote sensing for sea ice studies in the Barents Sea". ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 48(1): 2 - 18 1993.

Role in the SMOS mission :

Carry out validation experiments for sea and freshwater ice parameters in the Arctic Ocean (Kara Sea) and in Ladoga Lake. Participate in algorithm development for MIRAS ice parametres, for exapmle thin ice thickness.