Arctic Observation Integration Workshops Agendas

  • Arctic Observation Integration Workshops

  • 17–20 March 2008
  • IBM Palisades Conference Center
  • Palisades, New York
  • Tentative Agenda

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5/28/08

Arctic Observing Network (AON) Meeting
Monday, 17 March 2008
7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Hearth Dining Room)
8:15 a.m.

Introduction and Workshop Goals

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Hajo Eicken, University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Peter Schlosser, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

8:30 a.m.

AON Progress and Development, Brief SAON Update

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Martin Jeffries, NSF
AON Program Director

AON Project Presentations

10-minute talks, with time for questions and discussion after each group of projects (PIs with two projects are given additional time). Presenters are asked to limit the presentation to four (4) slides:

  1. Title and Project Team Members
  2. Project Status and Progress
  3. Coordination and Integration Plans
  4. Future Directions and Planning for the 2008 Season
Human Dimensions Project:
8:45 a.m.

Is the Arctic Human Environment Moving to a New State?

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Sharman Haley, University of Alaska Anchorage (Presenter)

Larry Hamilton, University of New Hampshire

8:55 a.m. Brief Discussion: Developing AON Human Dimensions research and coordinating networked observations
Atmosphere Projects:
9:05 a.m.

Core Atmospheric Measurements at Summit, Greenland Environmental Observatory

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Joe McConnell, Desert Research Institute

9:15 a.m.

Pan-Arctic Studies of the Coupled Tropospheric, Stratospheric, and Mesospheric Circulation

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Richard Collins, University of Alaska Fairbanks

9:25 a.m.

Development of Data Products for the University of Wisconsin High Spectral Resolution Lidar

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Ed Eloranta, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9:35 a.m.

Cloud Properties Across the Arctic Basin from Surface and Satellite Measurements - An Existing Arctic Observing Network

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Matthew Shupe, University of Colorado

9:45 a.m.

Brief Discussion: Coordinating & Integrating Atmosphere Observations

Ocean and Sea Ice Projects:
10:00 a.m.

The State of the Arctic Sea Ice Cover: An Integrated Seasonal Ice Zone Observing Network (SIZONET)

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Hajo Eicken, University of Alaska Fairbanks

10:10 a.m.

Ice Mass Balance Buoy Network: Coordination with DAMOCLES

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Don Perovich, CRREL

10:20 a.m.

Design and Initialization of an Ice-Tethered Array Contributing to the Arctic Observing Network [and] Towards an Arctic Observing Network: An Array of Ice-Tethered Profilers to Sample the Upper Ocean Water Properties During the International Polar Year

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John Toole, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

10:35 a.m. BREAK
10:50 a.m.

Ocean-Ice Interaction Measurements Using Autonomous Ocean Flux Buoys in the Arctic Observing System [and] Toward Developing an Arctic Observing Network: An Array of Surface Buoys to Sample Turbulent Ocean Heat and Salt Fluxes During the IPY

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Bill Shaw, Naval Postgraduate School

11:05 a.m.

The Collaborative O-Buoy Project: Deployment of a Network of Arctic Ocean Chemical Sensors for the IPY and Beyond

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Don Perovich, CRREL

11:15 a.m.

Coordination, Data Management, and Enhancement of the International Arctic Buoy Programme (IABP)

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Ignatius Rigor, University of Washington

11:25 a.m.

A Modular Approach to Building an Arctic Observing system for the IPY and Beyond in the Switchyard Region of the Arctic Ocean

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Peter Schlosser, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

11:35 a.m.

The Beaufort Gyre System: The Flywheel of the Arctic

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Andrey Proshutinsky, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

11:45 a.m.

Observing the Dynamics of the Deepest Waters in the Arctic Ocean

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Mary-Louise Timmermans, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

11:55 a.m.

North Pole Station: A Distributed Long-Term Environmental Observatory (and) Aerial Hydrographic Surveys for IPY and Beyond: Tracking Change and Understanding Seasonal Variability

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Jamie Morison, University of Washington

12:10 p.m.

An Innovative Observational Network for Critical Arctic Gateways: Understanding Exchanges through Davis and Fram Straits

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Craig Lee, University of Washington

12:20 p.m.

Comparison of Water Properties and Flows in the U.S. and Russian Channels of the Bering Strait - 2005 to 2006 [and] The Pacific Gateway to the Arctic-Quantifying and Understanding Bering Strait Oceanic Fluxes

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Rebecca Woodgate, University of Washington

12:35 p.m.

Bering Sea Sub-Network: International Community-Based Observation Alliance for Arctic Observing Network (BSSN)

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Victoria Gofman, Aleut International Association

12:45 p.m.

Brief Discussion: Coordinating Ocean and Sea Ice Observations

1:00 p.m. LUNCH (Hearth Dining Room)
Hydrology / Cryosphere Projects:
2:00 p.m.

Thermal State of Permafrost (TSP): The U.S. Contribution to the International Permafrost Observation Network [and] Development of a Network of Permafrost Observatories in North America and Russia: The US Contribution to the International Polar Year

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Jerry Brown, International Permafrost Association

2:15 p.m.

A Prototype Network for Measuring Arctic Winter Precipitation and Snow Cover (Snow-Net) [and] Long-term Measurements and Observations for the International Arctic Research Community on the Kuparuk River Basin, Alaska

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Douglas Kane, University of Alaska Fairbanks

(Presented by Matthew Sturm, CRREL)

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Matthew Sturm, CRREL

2:35 p.m.

Arctic Great Rivers Observatory

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Peter Raymond, Yale University

2:45 p.m.

Columbia Glacier Project

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Tad Pfeffer, University of Colorado Boulder

2:55 p.m.

Brief Discussion: Coordinating Hydrology/Cryosphere Observations

Terrestrial Ecosystem Projects:
3:10 p.m.

Study of Arctic Ecosystem Changes in the IPY using the International Tundra Experiment

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Steve Oberbauer, Florida International University

3:20 p.m.

Carbon, Water, and Energy Balance of the Arctic Landscape at Flagship Observatories and in a PanArctic Network

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Gus Shaver, Marine Biological Laboratory
Donie Bret-Harte, University of Alaska Fairbanks

3:30 p.m.

Brief Discussion: Coordinating Terrestrial Ecosystem Observations

3:45 p.m. BREAK
Data Management and Coordination:
4:05 p.m.

Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge in the Arctic (ELOKA)

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Mark Parsons, National Snow and Ice Data Center

4:15 p.m.

Cooperative Arctic Data and Information Service (CADIS)

  • Update on CADIS activities and portal development
  • Issues on data sharing, collaboration, and integration

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James Moore, NCAR Earth Observing Laboratory, and CADIS Team

5:15 p.m.

Review of discussions, plan for any evening working groups, goal for Tuesday

6:00 p.m. DINNER (Hearth Dining Room)
7:00 p.m.-
9:30 p.m.

Working group(s) addressed topics identified during the day. Working group topics included:

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  1. Data management and integration
  2. Observing system/network design, and coordination and integration through observations and modeling
  3. Interactions between human activities and sea, land, ice, and atmosphere
Arctic Observing Network (AON) Meeting
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Hearth Dining Room)
8:30 a.m.

Welcome, review of Monday's discussions, and goal for the day

Martin Jeffries, Hajo Eicken, Peter Schlosser

International Observing Programs and Efforts:
8:35 a.m.

International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC)

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Maribeth Murray, University of Alaska Fairbanks

8:50 a.m.

Developing Arctic Modeling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies (DAMOCLES)

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Jean-Claude Gascard, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

9:05 a.m.

Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System (NABOS)

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Igor Polyakov, International Arctic Research Center (IARC)

9:20 a.m.

ArcticNet and Canadian Arctic Research Efforts

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Martin Fortier, Université Laval

9:35 a.m.

Japanese Arctic Research Efforts

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Koji Shimada, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

9:50 a.m.

U.S. Agency Activities:

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John Calder
Arctic Research Office, NOAA

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Peter Murdoch
U.S. Geological Survey

Lee Koss
BLM-Alaska State Office
(Oral presentation)

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John Farrell
U.S. Arctic Research Commission
(Oral presentation)

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Dan Lubin
NSF Office of Polar Programs, Cyberinfrastructure Program Manager

10:20 a.m. BREAK
Integrating Multidisciplinary Observations in a Changing Arctic:
10:40 a.m.

Reports from Monday evening break-out groups (10-minute presentations)

Working Group 1: AON as a "Collaboratoryé; Use of cyberinfrastructure; Data Management; Communications and information dissemination

Working Group 2: Observing system/network design; Coordination/integration through observations and modeling

Working Group 3: Interactions between human activities and ice, ocean, atmosphere, and land

11:10 a.m.

Discussions on next steps for developing an integrated multidisciplinary network out of individual projects and efforts:

  • Gaps in meeting the scientific objectives for observing, understanding, and responding to change, and how they can be addressed
  • Plans for integration and coordination among AON projects
  • Plans and next steps for integration and coordination between AON and other national and international efforts
  • Data coordination issues
  • Specific needs given the rapid and unexpected changes in 2007
  • Specific needs for the 2008 observing season and for the longer-term
12:00 p.m. LUNCH (Hearth Dining Room)
1:00 p.m.

Conclusions, Recommendations, and Next Steps:

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Martin Jeffries, Hajo Eicken, Peter Schlosser

  • What are the priorities and next steps for meeting the observing, understanding, and responding to change scientific objectives?
  • What are the priorities for integration and coordination among AON projects?
  • What are the priorities for international integration and coordination?
  • What are the achievable action items that can be accomplished in the next 12 months?
  • What can AON produce as a lasting legacy of IPY?
  • Workshop product/publication, timeline, and assignments
2:00 p.m.

AON Meeting Adjourns

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions Beginning at 2:00 p.m.
  • AON working groups, as needed
Lagrangian Platform Workshop
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
2:00 p.m.

Welcome, agenda overview and workshop charge. Emphasize objectives, tasks and products.

Craig Lee, University of Washington

2:10 p.m.

Science Drivers and Fit within AON

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Jean-Claude Gascard, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

  1. Autonomous and Lagrangian platforms in the context of AON. What science questions might these platforms contribute to, what critical measurements might they allow? How can they help measure change, and where do they fit within the existing suite of platforms and approaches (e.g. hydrography, moorings)?
  2. Science drivers/key measurements:
    • Surface albedo
    • Ice thickness distribution
    • Persistent (year-round, multi year), full-depth, extensive measurements of watermass variability. Quantify broad changes in heat and freshwater storage, vertical stratification.
    • Long-term characterization of watermass and velocity structure across key frontal regions, slope-shelf interfaces.
3:15 p.m.

Current state of the technology

Introduced and moderated by Craig Lee

  1. What's working today, and how is it used? What are the major technological and development hurdles?
  2. 5-minute summaries of state of play in:
    • Autonomous Ice Mass Balance Buoys
    • NPS Autonomous Ocean Flux Buoy Program
    • Internation Arctic Buoy Program
    • Examples of Analysis Projects Based on ITP Data
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      • John Toole, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    • Floats (PPF and DAMOCLES)
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      • Jean-Claude Gascard, Université Pierre et Marie Curie
    • Gliders and AUVs
    • Navigation and communications
3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:15 p.m.

Discussion

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Moderated by Lee and Gascard

  1. How could these platforms be exploited to track, understand, and ultimately forecast arctic change? Are they appropriate tools for this task? How might they be employed? How will these platforms complement conventional approaches and technologies?
  2. How should these technologies be adapted in response to the changing Arctic? Specifically, how might these platforms and approaches be changed to compensate for and exploit changes in arctic ice cover?
  3. Identify technological challenges and development goals for enhancing the utility of autonomous Lagrangian platforms in the Arctic. Identify political and international coordination issues that will need to be addressed. How would the resulting systems fit within the larger scheme of arctic observing?
5:00 p.m.

Recommendations and Next Steps:

Moderated by Craig Lee and Jean-Claude Gascard

  1. What are immediate, mid- and long-term strategies to improve observational system design?
  2. What specific efforts should be directed toward developing autonomous and Lagrangian systems and/or supporting technologies to provide long-term operation in the changing Arctic?
  3. Discussion of workshop product(s), next steps, and writing assignments.
6:00 p.m. DINNER (Hearth Dining Room)
7:00 p.m..

Working group(s) as needed.

Lessons from the 2007 Arctic Sea-ice Minimum Workshop
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Hearth Dining Room)
8:30 a.m.

Introduction, Overview, and Workshop Goals

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Martin Miles, Environmental Systems Analysis Research Center (ESARC)

Jean-Claude Gascard, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Oral presentation only)

I. 2007 Changes in Components of the Arctic System:
Sea Ice Changes:
8:45 a.m.

Sea-Ice Changes Observed in 2007/8 and Leading-up

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Ignatius Rigor, University of Washington

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Jean-Claude Gascard, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

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Martin Miles, ESARC

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Hajo Eicken, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Discussion

Atmospheric Changes:
9:30 a.m.

Arctic Temperature and Modes-of-Variability

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Martin Miles, Environmental Systems Analysis Research Center

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Jim Overland, NOAA PMEL

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Jean-Claude Gascard, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

10:00 a.m.

Radiation and its Role in Sea-Ice Melt

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Don Perovich, CRREL

Discussion

10:30 a.m. BREAK
Ocean Changes:
11:00 a.m.

Ocean Changes Observed in 2007 and Leading-up

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Rebecca Woodgate, University of Washington

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Jean-Claude Gascard, Université Pierre et Marie Curie

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Igor Polyakov, International Arctic Research Center (IARC)

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Koji Shimada, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

Discussion

12:00 p.m. LUNCH (Hearth Dining Room)
Terrestrial Ecosystem Changes:
1:00 p.m.

Recent Changes in Circum-Arctic Vegetation: Greening of the Arctic

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Skip Walker, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Marine and Terrestrial Changes é Other:
1:15 p.m.

Recent Changes in the Greenland Ice Sheet

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Mark Fahnestock, University of New Hampshire

Human System Changes:
1:30 p.m.

Human Response to the Recent Sea-Ice and Climate-System Changes

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Maribeth Murray, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Brief Discussion

II. Synthesis of 2007 Arctic System Changes
1:45 p.m.

Synthesis Overview

Preface: Integration and Synthesis

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Synthesis of 2007: Discussion Themes

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Martin Miles, Environmental Systems Analysis Research Center

Hajo Eicken, University of Alaska Fairbanks (Oral presentation only)

2:00 p.m.

Presentations and Discussion (Plenum, with break-out groups)

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Cecilia Bitz, University of Washington

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Frank Kauker, Ocean Atmosphere System

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Ralf Déscher, Swedish Meterological and Hydrological Institute

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Jinlun Zhang, University of Washington

Discussion

3:00 p.m. BREAK
3:30 p.m.

Working Groups:

Understanding: Sea ice prediction

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Martin Miles, Environmental Systems Analysis Research Center

  1. Through modeling and data analysis activities é including retrospective analyses of the long-term observational record é how well do we understand 2007? What are the gaps in observing and understanding sea-ice loss and related changes?

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  2. What do modeling and data analysis tell us about overall system behavior that is relevant for predicting sea ice é on seasonal to decadal time scales é and related arctic changes? How does the étipping pointé concept factor in?

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  3. What are the science / policy / human implications of the unexpected, faster-than-forecast changes? What does this mean for responding to change?

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6:00 p.m. DINNER (Hearth Dining Room)
7:00 p.m.

Working Groups Continue

Lessons from the 2007 Arctic Sea-ice Minimum Workshop (Continued)
Thursday, 20 March 2008
7:30 a.m. Breakfast (Hearth Dining Room)
III. Lessons from 2007: Gaps and Needs for Understanding Arctic Change
8:30 a.m.

Welcome, review of Wednesday's discussions, and today's goal

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Martin Miles, Environmental Systems Analysis Research Center

Jean-Claude Gascard, Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Oral presentation only)

9:00 a.m.

Working Group Reports

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10:00 a.m. BREAK
10:30 a.m.

Conclusions, recommendations, and next steps:

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  • Given the unexpected changes witnessed in 2007, what are the priorities for observing, understanding, and responding to change activities?
  • How should these priorities be addressed? What are the next steps?
  • Discussion of workshop products (synthesis papers and other products), next steps, and writing assignments
Concluding Workshop Series Discussion
Thursday, 20 March 2008
12:00 p.m.

Workshop Series Conclusions and Recommendations: Summary of the week's discussions, achievements, and next steps

12:30 p.m.

Workshop Series Adjourns

12:30 p.m. LUNCH (Hearth Dining Room - Possible Organizing Committee Meeting)
1:30 p.m. -
4:00 p.m.

Meeting rooms available for continued working groups and other discussions