U.S. Arctic Observing Coordination Workshop Agenda
- U.S. Arctic Observing Coordination Workshop
- 20-22 March 2012
- Captain Cook Hotel
- Fore Deck, Lobby Level
- Anchorage, Alaska
- Final Agenda
The overall goal of the U.S. Arctic Observing Coordination Workshop was to coordinate U.S. activities to observe and monitor the Arctic. The workshop was organized around Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) 5-Year Science Goals and Objectives focusing on sea ice, permafrost, land-ice, and society/policy.
The goal was to go beyond existing recommendations of 'better coordination and collaboration' or 'share data across disciplines' and develop specific, concrete ways forward for an observing network that produces useful products and services.
Specific meeting outcomes included:
- Developing shared visions of a successful AON
- Identifying what is needed to accomplish that vision
- Identifying specific tasks and timelines for needed activities
- Identifying "showcase" projects for observing activities, with recommendations for short-term implementation (5 years or less), with identified task leads
A workshop report will summarize the outcomes above.
|Tuesday, 20 March 2012|
|Day 1 Objectives: Set the stage and develop a vision of a successful arctic observing network.|
Check-in and Continental Breakfast
|Overview and Setting the Stage [All Plenary Sessions in Fore Deck, Lobby Level]|
Welcome, Introductions, Meeting Goals & Expected Outcomes
Observations on the Observations: Where We Might Go From Here
Overview of Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) and the Arctic Observing Network (AON)
Data and Observational Needs from Agencies, Stakeholders, and Decision-Makers
Verbal Presentation Only
Arctic Observational Needs For Modeling and Prediction
|10:30 a.m.||Morning Break|
Back to the Future: A Conceptual Framework for Advancing AON
|Advances in Observing Activities By SEARCH Science Themes
Guiding Question: With the resources we have now, what are the greatest advances that could be made in observational data/products for use by scientists and stakeholders?
SEARCH Science Goal #1: Sea Ice/Consequences of Ice-Diminished Arctic Ocean
SEARCH Science Goal #2: Permafrost/Land Surface Change/Hydrology
SEARCH Science Goal #3: Land Ice Loss
SEARCH Science Goal #4: Society/Policy - Links Between Observational Data/Information and Public Understanding
|12:20 p.m.||Lunch (On your own)|
|Breakout Session 1: Develop a Vision of a Successful Arctic Observing Network (break as needed)|
|1:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.||
To develop a shared vision of a successful arctic observing network, breakout groups will address the following guiding questions:
Reports from Breakout Groups and Goals for Day 2
|Poster Session and Reception [Aft Deck, Lobby Level]|
|5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.||
Opportunity for participants to present specific projects or activities related to SEARCH, Observing Activities, or arctic science. Poster boards will be provided, and the maximum size allowed for posters will be 4’ x 4’. Participants will be able to put up their posters anytime during the first day, and pins will be provided. Posters may remain up until ~5pm on Wednesday. Reception will include appetizers and a cash bar.
|Wednesday, 21 March 2012|
|Day 2 Objectives: With the vision discussed in Day 1, identify specific ways to achieve the vision. The exact structure of the day will be adaptive to the groups' progress, so break-out times and structure can change, if needed.|
Quick review of yesterday's progress, today's goals, charge to break-outs.
|Breakout Session 2: Specific Ways to Achieve the Vision (break as needed)|
|9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||
|12:00 p.m.||Lunch (On your own)|
Brief Break-out Group Reports to Plenary
|Breakout Session 3: Details and Showcase Projects|
|2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||
Adjourn for Day
|Evening – groups could meet informally to further ideas, areas of collaboration, etc.
Possible side meetings focusing on Bering Sea, Barrow region, Toolik Lake & Kuparuk watershed, data issues, etc.
|Thursday, 22 March 2012|
|Day's objective(s): Identifying "showcase" projects for observing activities, with recommendations for short-term implementation (5 years or less), with identified task leads
|Plenary Review and Discussion|
|More Details, Showcase Projects, and Next Steps|
|9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.||
Breakout groups focus on showcase projects that could be launched in the near-term –theme-based, regional-focused, and/or data-focused
|10:45 a.m.||Morning Break||11:00 a.m.||
Final Plenary Discussion
|12:00 p.m.||Workshop Wrap-up and Next Steps|
Small writing group meet in afternoon to begin workshop report