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:

  1. Developing shared visions of a successful AON
  2. Identifying what is needed to accomplish that vision
  3. Identifying specific tasks and timelines for needed activities
  4. 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.

Time Event
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Day 1 Objectives: Set the stage and develop a vision of a successful arctic observing network.
8:00 a.m.

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

Overview and Setting the Stage [All Plenary Sessions in Fore Deck, Lobby Level]
8:30 a.m.

Welcome, Introductions, Meeting Goals & Expected Outcomes

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  • John Payne (North Slope Science Initiative) and Don Perovich (U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory); Workshop co-Chairs
9:00 a.m.

Observations on the Observations: Where We Might Go From Here

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  • Fran Ulmer, U.S. Arctic Research Commission Chair
  • John Farrell, U.S. Arctic Research Commission
9:30 a.m.

Overview of Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH) and the Arctic Observing Network (AON)

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  • Hajo Eicken (Univ. Alaska Fairbanks/SEARCH Science Steering Committee Chair)
9:50 a.m.

Data and Observational Needs from Agencies, Stakeholders, and Decision-Makers

Verbal Presentation Only

  • Michelle Bonnet (Director, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Water)
10:10 a.m.

Arctic Observational Needs For Modeling and Prediction

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  • John Walsh (International Arctic Research Center, Univ. Alaska Fairbanks)
10:30 a.m. Morning Break
10:45 a.m.

Back to the Future: A Conceptual Framework for Advancing AON

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  • Martin Jeffries (Office of Naval Research)
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?
11:05 a.m.

SEARCH Science Goal #1: Sea Ice/Consequences of Ice-Diminished Arctic Ocean

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  • Julienne Stroeve (National Snow and Ice Data Center)
11:20 a.m.

SEARCH Science Goal #2: Permafrost/Land Surface Change/Hydrology

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  • Larry Hinzman (International Arctic Research Center, Univ. Alaska Fairbanks)
11:40 a.m.

SEARCH Science Goal #3: Land Ice Loss

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  • Tad Pfeffer (Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado)
12:00 p.m.

SEARCH Science Goal #4: Society/Policy - Links Between Observational Data/Information and Public Understanding

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  • Henry Huntington (PEW Environment Group, Arctic Program Science Director)
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.

  • Break-out groups would be split into two thematic areas: ice-diminished arctic ocean, and warming permafrost/land surface linkages; with 2 groups for each theme (4 groups total)
  • Participants will be assigned to each group to encourage cross-disciplinary discussion and interaction.

To develop a shared vision of a successful arctic observing network, breakout groups will address the following guiding questions:

  1. Which audiences would an ideal AON serve?
  2. Given these audiences, in an ideal world what would an AON look like in
    5 years? What would the 'value added' be, beyond the current way of
  3. What products and Services would be created?
3:45 p.m.

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.

Time Event
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.
9:00 a.m.

Quick review of yesterday's progress, today's goals, charge to break-outs.

  • John Payne and Don Perovich
Breakout Session 2: Specific Ways to Achieve the Vision (break as needed)
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Breakout groups will be tasked with outlining specific recommendations for how to achieve the vision for each science theme?
  • What activities are needed?
  • What can be done from combining existing resources or infrastructure? (Or where can targeted activities make great progress?)
  • Also start thinking about cross-cutting activities or showcase projects– data-focused, place-based/regional, etc.
12:00 p.m. Lunch (On your own)
1:15 p.m.

Brief Break-out Group Reports to Plenary

Discussion of common themes emerging

Breakout Session 3: Details and Showcase Projects
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Continuing from the morning, flesh out the activities needed – discuss specific tasks, next steps, timelines, and possible mechanisms, and possible 'showcase' projects
  • Be prepared to report to plenary in the morning
  • One breakout group focused on data issues (e.g., interoperability, proprietary data, data formatting, common archive structures, provision of data for showcase projects)
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.

Time Event
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
9:00 a.m.
  • Goals for the day
  • Breakout group reports from yesterday afternoon
  • Plenary Discussion: How are the ideas resonating with the group? What priorities might be emerging?
  • Charge to Final break-out groups
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

  • Discuss details of showcase project – scope, specific next steps, identify key participants
  • Identify key lead(s) that could convene an ad-hoc task group after the workshop
10:45 a.m. Morning Break
11:00 a.m.

Final Plenary Discussion

  • What are the key recommendations for a successful observing network?
  • Showcase projects – what and how they can be accomplished
  • Specific next steps/recommendations
12:00 p.m. Workshop Wrap-up and Next Steps
12:15 p.m.


1:00 p.m.

Small writing group meet in afternoon to begin workshop report