Request for Community Input: Topics for Discussion Arctic Observing Summit 2018

January 22, 2018
By Jessica Rohde

The Executive Organizing Committee for the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) 2018 is seeking community input, in the form of brief statements, that will help guide discussions during the AOS Thematic Working Group sessions. The theme for this Summit, convening 24-26 June 2018 in Davos, Switzerland, is The Business Case for a pan-Arctic Observing System.

The Arctic Observing Summit is a biennial summit that aims to provide community-driven guidance for the design, implementation, coordination, and sustained operation of an international network of Arctic observing systems. The AOS provides a platform to address urgent and broadly recognized needs of Arctic observing across all components of the Arctic system. The AOS 2018 will focus on pressing issues in the implementation and support of sustained observations that can be addressed through a business-case lens.

Community input can highlight important data, management, or logistical needs or gaps, explore emerging opportunities, address a current challenge, present new initiatives or technology that can contribute to Arctic observing (including global programs), or review on-going observing activities or issues that are relevant for the development, application, operation, or support of a sustained Arctic observing network.
Short statements or white papers should link to the themes identified for AOS 2018. A full description of the thematic focus for AOS 2018 can be found on the meeting homepage.

Input on other important and relevant topics related to AOS are welcome under the category of "OTHER: Other high-priority issues for Arctic observing", but organizers ask that authors contact the AOS Executive Organizing Committee by email ( and send a proposed title and abstract to discuss the topic prior to preparing the statement for inclusion. We look forward to your input.

Posted by Jessica Rohde on behalf of Ravi Darwin Sankar, University of Calgary

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