IARPC Public Webinar Series: Introduction to the U.S. Arctic Observing Network (US AON)

April 14, 3 to 4pm EDT

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Join us for a webinar and discussion to learn more about the U.S. Arctic Observing Network (US AON).

Webinar recording:


  • Roberto Delgado – National Science Foundation
  • Sally McFarlane – Department of Energy
  • Sandy Starkweather – University of Colorado/CIRES; US AON Executive Director
  • Hazel Shapiro – IARPC and US AON
  • Matt Jones – NSF Arctic Data Center
  • Hajo Eicken – International Arctic Research Center

What is the US AON?

The US AON brings federal agencies, academic researchers, and community partners to better coordinate U.S. observing system efforts. The goal of the US AON is to improve the integrated performance of Arctic-wide observing and data management activities by fostering strategic planning and partnerships across observing efforts and data systems. The US AON is striving to create a network of sustained observations targeting and linking the most critical aspects of a rapidly changing Arctic, in support of research, products, and public services. 

How do I get involved?

The US AON accomplishes its goals through actions taken by the US AON Board, the IARPC Collaborations Arctic Observing Systems Sub-Team (AOSST), and the US AON Task Teams. Both the AOSST and Task Teams are open to relevant subject matter experts:

  • The AOSST team is an open group on IARPC Collaborations that meets monthly via Zoom to discuss issues of relevance to the observing community and address specific goals (performance elements). The AOSST includes members from federal agencies, state of Alaska agencies, Indigenous communities and organizations, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions, and the private sectors. You can join our next meeting by becoming a member of IARPC Collaborations and joining the AOSST team. 

  • The US AON Task Teams engage subject-matter experts to identify specific actions to improve the underlying observing system and its value delivery through products and services. Tasks center on thematically-driven, mission-critical efforts linked to key products (e.g., Arctic Report Card) or services (e.g., Daily Sea Ice Forecast) that bring together one or more federal agencies, relevant partners, and network users to identify issues and solutions.

What are some key accomplishments of US AON?

  • The US AON Board provided important input to and support for the creation of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON) Roadmap for Arctic Observing and Data Systems (ROADS) procesa, and is developing approaches to implement the process nationally. 

  • Through the AOSST, the US AON fostered the development of a Research Networking Activity: for Sustained Coordinated Observations of Arctic Change (CoObs RNA) to develop AON strategies through a food security lens in the Pacific Arctic. 

  • A US AON Task Team completed an analysis of the observational underpinnings of the Vital Signs of the Arctic Report Card, linked to an Arctic Report Card data portal, hosted by the Arctic Data Center.

  • A US AON Task Team conducted a Value Tree Assessment across federal agencies with the goal to improve daily sea ice forecasts. 

Join us to learn more about all of these efforts, hear updates on recent accomplishments, and to find out how you can get involved.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the US AON program analyst, Hazel Shapiro (hazel@iarpccollaborations.org). 

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