Final Call for Participation - Arctic Observing Summit 2013

15 April 2013

Final Call for Participation
Arctic Observing Summit 2013
30 April - 2 May 2013
Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, Canada

For further information, please go to:

The Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) 2013, which will be held 30 April - 2
May 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, Canada, is still open for
participation. There are a number of different ways to engage with the

1. Attend the AOS: There is still some room available for those who want
to attend the AOS 2013 but haven't yet made arrangements. Registration
and hotel bookings can be made through the website, at:

2. Comment on white papers and statements: A total of 46 white papers
and 14 statements have been submitted in advance of the AOS. These
address the different themes through consideration of topics ranging
from community-based to satellite-derived observations, to data sharing
and compatibility, to system design among others. The opportunity to
provide comments online remains open through the duration of the AOS.
Papers and statements are available at:

3. Submit a poster: The deadline to submit a poster abstract has been
extended to 19 April 2013. Abstracts will be available as an electronic
book during the AOS. There is a dedicated poster session and posters
will be available for viewing for the duration of the Summit. If there
is sufficient interest, a poster publication may be produced. Abstracts
can be submitted at:

4. Participate from a distance: The AOS is experimenting with virtual
participation to engage the greatest possible number of participants.
Key sessions (plenary, panel discussion, and summary report) will be
recorded and made available live or after a short delay. Virtual
participants may also have the opportunity to submit comments or
questions and engage in discussion during real-time. More information on
virtual participation will be made available on the AOS website prior to
30 April 2013, at:

5. Support the AOS and highlight your organization: Opportunities for
sponsorship are still available. The AOS welcomes the participation of
private sector and other groups interested in arctic observing and can
provide booth space to those who are interested. Sponsor package
information is available at:

Participants, virtual or otherwise, are expected to browse the submitted
white papers to familiarize themselves with the input that has been
received thus far. The AOS Organizing Committee will present a synthesis
of key issues from the white papers during the first day of the summit,
which will serve as a jumping-off point for discussions.

The AOS 2013 promises to be an exciting and innovative event, one that
will help to frame the structure of subsequent Summits and guide the
implementation and coordination of the sustained long-term (decades)
operation of an international network of arctic observing systems.

Questions about the AOS can be directed to:

Maribeth S. Murray
Executive Director, International Study of Arctic Change

Craig M. Lee
AOS Organizing Committee Co-Chair

Martin Jakobsson
AOS Organizing Committee Co-Chair

Jinping Zhao
AOS Organizing Committee Co-Chair

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