AON ADI Final Report Available - Designing, Optimizing, and Implementing an Arctic Observing Network

Date: 
19 November 2012

AON ADI Final Report Available
Designing, Optimizing, and Implementing an Arctic Observing Network
Arctic Observing Network Design and Implementation Task Force

To view the final report or to download a PDF file of the report, please
go to: http://www.arcus.org/search/aon/adi

For further information, please contact:
Helen Wiggins
Email: helen@arcus.org

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The Arctic Observing Network (AON) Design and Implementation (ADI) Task
Force Final Report has been published and is now available. The report,
entitled "Designing, Optimizing, and Implementing an Arctic Observing
Network," can be viewed or downloaded online, at:
http://www.arcus.org/search/aon/adi.

The concept of an integrated arctic observatory dates to the late 1990s
with early planning of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH)
initiative. The multidisciplinary Arctic Observing Network (AON) has
been implemented with guidance from SEARCH workshop reports, the 2006
"Toward an Integrated Arctic Observing Network" report by the National
Research Council, and meetings organized through the SEARCH Observing
Change Panel. The International Polar Year (IPY) of 2007-2008 provided
substantial resources to put in place key pieces of an AON. We are now
ready to review options and approaches to guide observing system design
and optimization of a sustainable system.

The AON Design and Implementation (ADI) effort was established to
provide guidance to the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the
scientific community, and others engaged in arctic environmental
observations on how to achieve a well-designed, effective, and robust
arctic observing system.

ADI activities are overseen by an ADI Task Force and have included a
combination of virtual and in-person meetings and a community survey.
"Designing, Optimizing, and Implementing an Arctic Observing Network
(AON)" is the final report of the Task Force. The report includes the
following:

- An assessment of the present state and near-term implementation
plans of the AON and related efforts;
- A synthesis of lessons learned from other observing systems;
- A discussion of promising approaches and options for system design
and optimization; and
- ADI Task Force findings and recommendations.

A number of key next steps are identified by the report. These include
(1) compiling an inventory of harmonized data from different agencies to
improve data interoperability, access to data, knowledge of data
holdings, and support to modeling studies; (2) planning for and
implementation of an AON Science Steering Group; and (3) steps towards
prioritizing existing and future observing activities.

To view the final report or to download a PDF file of the report, please
go to: http://www.arcus.org/search/aon/adi.

For further information and requests for hardcopies, please contact:
Helen Wiggins, ARCUS
Email: helen@arcus.org

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