Arctic Observing Summit 2018
SEARCH's Arctic Observing Summit 2018 Short Statement
SEARCH's Arctic Observing Working Group submitted the following short statement to the 2018 Arctic Observing Summit outlining the role that SEARCH's Arctic Futures 2050 scenarios development initiative can play in advancing an integrated and multi-purpose observing infrastructure.
Arctic Observing Assessment
Arctic Observing Assessment: 29 March 2018
The SEARCH Arctic Observing Assessment attempts to identify the goals, activities, and plans of the many various national and international initiatives focused on observing Arctic change. This document was produced by SEARCH's Arctic Observing Working Group.
Arctic Science Ministerial Meeting Input
A Call To Action: Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks: October 2018
SEARCH partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of Alaska Fairbanks' International Arctic Research Center and the Department of Theatre and Film to produce a video call for action featured at the Second Arctic Science Ministerial held in Berlin in October 2018. The video featured hunters and community leaders from St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea and SEARCH scientists making the case for Arctic nations to "Coordinate and Sustain Observations." The video highlighted the urgent need for sustained, long-term observations that include indigenous knowledge, community-based observations, and citizen science.
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 Open Science Meeting Final Report
Significant investments in Arctic observing during the IPY and beyond have produced a broad, multi-disciplinary data set of unprecedented spatial and temporal scope spanning land, ice (ice sheets and sea ice), ocean atmosphere and human systems. The Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting (held 17-19 November 2015 in Seattle, WA) provided the research community a forum to discuss the advances supported by these sustained, broad, contemporaneous observations and to identify areas for improved integration into an Interagency Arctic Observing Network. Specific goals were:
- Present and document new understanding achieved through Arctic observing
- Illustrate the breadth and scope of existing Arctic observing activities.
- Strengthen the goals, identity and activities of an integrated Interagency Arctic Observing Network.
Final Report of the 2015 Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting
Citation: C.M. Lee, M. Shupe, C. Wilson, L. Sheffield Guy, H.V. Wiggins, M. Bennett, E. Hoy, R. Kwok, A. Nguyen, D. Payer, E. Schuur, S. Starkweather, L. Stearns (eds.), Arctic Observing Open Science Meeting Report. Arctic Research Consortium of the US (ARCUS), Fairbanks, Alaska. 2017. 6 pp. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.17167.79521
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
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 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 Recommendations. Results from the Third AON PI Meeting; 30 November - 2 December 2009; Boulder, CO. 170 pp. (Released August 2010).
2008 Arctic Observations Integration Workshops Report
Arctic Observation Integration: Workshops Report. 2008. Fairbanks, Alaska: SEARCH Project Office, Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS). 55 pp
See report here.