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Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting Input

Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting Input: 31 May 2016
The document provided below is meant to serve as background information for input by SEARCH to the Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting in September 2016. It builds on discussions among the research community and stakeholders at the Arctic Observing Summit and Arctic Science Summit Week in March 2016. The document also reflects input from the International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC) and from informal conversations with the leaders of large Arctic research programs in several countries. The document was reviewed by and received input from SEARCH leadership, and was assembled by the immediate past SEARCH SSC Chair and Director of the International Arctic Research Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Hajo Eicken. The paper expands upon and complements the brief document submitted by the SEARCH program as input to the Arctic Science Ministerial. Over the course of the summer, it is hoped that further conversation among researchers from different countries active in Arctic science may help focus conversations and outcomes from the Science Ministerial.

Arctic Observing Framework

Arctic Observing Framework: 12 November 2015
The drafting of this proposed Arctic Observing framework was co-led by Hajo Eicken, chair the SEARCH Science Steering Committee (SSC), and Craig Lee, chair of the SEARCH Observing Change Panel (OCP), with input from the SEARCH Science Steering Committee, SEARCH Observing Change Panel and SEARCH Science Office. The paper proposes an Integrated Arctic Observing System organized though a framework of “Arctic Services” to better combine the different roles that AON would play for agencies supporting basic research, those with operational missions, as well as non-governmental entities and stakeholders. The full framework document as well as a summary brief are provided below.

Arctic Observing Network (AON) Position Paper

Final Position Paper: 1 April 2015
This brief position paper was led by Craig Lee, chair of the SEARCH Observing Change Panel (OCP), with input from both the OCP, SEARCH SSC, ARCUS, and via a call for input from the broader community. The paper represents a synthesis of discussions within SEARCH over the last year and builds on past SEARCH-AON community events and workshops. Key issues addressed in the paper include governance, network integration, and sustained funding. The final paper, and a matrix showing responses to comments from the open input period are below:

National Science Foundation Response to AON Position Paper: 17 July 2015

Earlier Draft and Request for Input
SEARCH requests input on a draft position paper on issues related to the design and implementation of an integrated AON. Drafting of this position paper was led by Craig Lee, chair of the SEARCH Observing Change Panel (OCP), with input from both the OCP and SEARCH SSC. The four-page paper represents a synthesis of discussions within SEARCH over the last year and builds on past SEARCH-AON community events and workshops. Key issues addressed in the paper include governance, network integration, and sustained funding. The draft paper is below, in both PDF and MS Word versions.

Original deadline for Input: Friday, 21 November 2014.

Extended Deadline: After further discussion and interest at the SEARCH Town Hall at the AGU Fall Meeting, the deadline has been extended to Friday, 9 January 2015.

Send your input to: aon_input [at] arcus.org. You can send your edits using "track changes" in the MS Word version, comments in the PDF version, or in email text.

If you have questions about the paper, please contact Craig Lee, Chair of the SEARCH OCP, at: craig [at] apl.washington.edu or Olivia Lee, University of Alaska Fairbanks, at: oalee [at] alaska.edu

Arctic Observing System Framework

21 January 2014: SEARCH has developed a 5-page summary white paper on a potential implementation framework for a sustained US Arctic Observing System. The summary white paper includes discussion of how to set priorities, strategy, tactics, and operational implementation. Download a PDF of the summary white paper below.

Arctic Observing Network (AON)

2012 U.S. Arctic Observing Network Coordination Workshop Report

AON Workshop ReportAON Workshop Report

Payne, J., D. Perovich, R. Shnoro, and H. Wiggins, eds., 2013: U.S. Arctic Observing Network Coordination Workshop Report. Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), Fairbanks, Alaska, 52pp.

More information on this workshop can be found here.

AON Design and Implementation (ADI) Task Force Final Report 2012

AON Design and Implementation (ADI) Task Force Final Report 2012

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.

2009 AON Status Report and Key Recommendations

Arctic Observing Network (AON): 2009 Status Report and Key RecommendationsArctic Observing Network
Arctic Observing Network (AON): 2009 Status Report and Key Recommendations. Results from the Third AON PI Meeting; 30 November - 2 December 2009; Boulder, CO. 170 pp. (Released August 2010).

About AON

AON is an integral part of the SEARCH program, as an NSF initiative growing out of the International Polar Year (IPY)to improve observational capabilities in the Arctic and leave a long-term legacy for the benefit of science and society. AON data will contribute to scientific research leading to (1) increased knowledge and understanding of the regional and global causes and consequences of present-day environmental arctic change, (2) scenarios for and prediction of the course of future arctic change and its regional and global consequences, and (3) the development of adaptive responses to arctic change.

AON currently consists of 51 projects funded by the NSF Office of Polar Programs. The AON projects fall into the following SEARCH Implementation Plan categories: Atmosphere; Ocean and Sea Ice; Hydrology/Cryosphere; Terrestrial Ecosystems; and Human Dimensions.

The Cooperative Arctic Data and Information Service (CADIS) supports AON by providing portal for data discovery, provide near-real-time data delivery, a repository for data storage, and tools to manipulate data.

NSF AON Fact Sheet

An AON Design and Implementation (ADI) effort is providing guidance on how to achieve a well-designed Arctic Observing System. {more}Download Front Matter and Executive Summary (PDF - 1.3 MB)