AON Design and Implementation (ADI)

The AON Design and Implementation (ADI) effort provides 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. A final task force meeting was held late June 2012. The result of these recent Task Force efforts is a final report with recommendations for designing, optimizing, and implementing an Arctic Observing Network.

ADI Task Force Final Report

ADI Task Force Final Report Designing, Optimizing, and Implementing an Arctic Observing Network. (PDF - 20.8 MB)

AON Design and Implementation Task Force. Designing, Optimizing, and Implementing an Arctic Observing Network (AON): A Report by the AON Design and Implementation (ADI) Task Force (2012). Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), Fairbanks, AK. 64 pp.

Executive Summary
1. Introduction
2. Evaluation of the Status of the AON in Relation to Driving Science Questions
3. A Brief Survey of Environmental Observing Systems Relevant for the Arctic: Challenges, Successes, and Lessons Learned
4. Relevant Methodologies and Approaches to Rigorous Design and Optimization of Observing Systems
5. ADI Community Survey
6. ADI: Challenges and Opportunities Based on Two Brief Case Studies
7. Conclusions and Recommendations

Low-resolution Version of Report (PDF - 2.4 MB)

Front Matter and Executive Summary Only (PDF - 395 KB)

Report Online Appendices

ADI Appendix 2: Agendas for 2009 and 2012 ADI Workshops (PDF - 171 KB)

ADI Appendix 3: Participants in 2009 and 2012 ADI Workshops (PDF - 165 KB)

ADI Appendix 4: Summaries of Presentations at 2009 ADI Workshop (PDF - 386 KB)

ADI Appendix 5: ADI Task Force Survey(PDF - 1.5 MB)

ADI Appendix 6: Worked Example for the Hierarchy Table Using the Freshwater Integration Project (PDF - 56 KB)

If you would like a hardcopy of the report, please email Reija Shnoro, ARCUS, at reija [at]

Project Plan

ADI Project Plan (PDF - 360 K)

Contact Information

Hajo Eicken
Chair, ADI Task Force
University of Alaska Fairbanks
hajo.eicken [at]

Reija Shnoro
Project Manager
reija [at]