April 2020 Collaboration Team Meetings Synopsis

May 22, 2020
By Kelley Uhlig

April 2020 Collaboration Team Meetings Synopsis


Health & Well-being: Did not meet


Atmosphere April 28th Meeting (Agenda, Notes and Recording)

  • Topic: Impacts of COVID-19 on atmospheric science in the Arctic
  • Presentations: 
    • DOE (ARM, NGEE-Arctic, general impacts)- Sally McFarlane
    • NSF (NNA, MOSAiC, field campaigns, observing activities)- Jennifer Mercer, Frank Rack, Greg Anderson
    • NASA- Colene Haffke, Thorsten Markus, Barry Lefer
    • NOAA (observing activites and research support) - Taniel Uttal, Colm Sweeny, Diane Stanitski
    • ONR (Arctic Cyclone Predictability DRI, Healy research cruises)- Daniel Eleuterio and Scott Harper
  • Highlights: Agency representatives spoke to their program's response to research activities
  • What’s next: Meeting theme TBA: May 26th


Sea Ice: See Environmental Intelligence


Marine Ecosystems: See Environmental Intelligence


Glaciers & Sea Level April 9th Meeting (Agenda, Notes and Recording)

Permafrost April 14th Meeting (Agenda, Notes and Recording)

Terrestrial Ecosystems April 16th Meeting (Agenda, Notes and Recording)

  • Topic: Seeking Input on Arctic Research Plan and Terrestrial Research Response to COVID-19
  • Presentations:
    • Terrestrial Research in Alaska underCovid-19 threat: Updates from research programs and researchers
      • John Pearce, USGS
      • Mike Falkowski, NASA
      • Brainstorm on how to manage challenges
    • Input from Terrestrial Ecosystems Collaboration Team on next 5-year Arctic Research Plan (Meredith/Sara/John)
  • Highlights: John and Mike shared about the USGS and NASA responses to fieldwork during COVID-19 and emphasized the necessity to keep rural Alaska residents safe.
  • What’s next: TBA


Coastal Resilience Collaboration Team April 15th Meeting (Agenda, Notes and Recording)

  • Topic: Next 5-Year Arctic Research Plan Listening Session: Social Science Focus
  • Presentations:
  • Highlights:
    • Andrey gave a big picture perspective of the current state of Arctic social science
      • Arctic Social Sciences: a decade of growth and success
      • Exciting priorities in Arctic social sciences: ICARP III, IASSA, IASC, etc.
      • Arctic Horizons: envisioning the future of Arctic Social sciences
      • Priorities and Opportunities
      • Arctic Social Sciences and COVID-19 Pandemic
    • The discussion on social science in the next Arctic Research Plan was wide-ranging and informative. Please see notes and recording for details.
  • What’s next: IARPC Plan Development Update: May 13th 


Environmental Intelligence Collaboration Team April 22 Meeting (Agenda, Notes and Recording)


Arctic Observing Systems April 14 Meeting (Agenda, Notes and Recording)

  • Topic: Arctic Observing Summit 2020 - Readout and Future collaborative opportunities
  • Presentations:
    • AOS summary from Working Groups and Summit Organizers
      • WG 1: Design, Optimization and Implementation of the Observing System (Alice Bradley)
      • WG 2: Observing in Support of Adaptation and Mitigation (Maribeth Murray)
      •  WG 3: Observing in Support of Indigenous Food Security and Related Needs (Sam Schimmel)
      • WG 4: Data Interoperability and Federated Search (Peter Pulsifer)
      •  WG 5: Arctic Observations in the context of Global Observing Initiatives (Peter Schlosser)
      • Conference Summary (Hajo Eicken)
    • Reflecting on AOS 2020 from an Early Career Perspective (Carolynn Harris)
  • Highlights:
    • The working group leads summarized key takeaways from the Arctic Observing Summit. The recommendations included:
      • Leveraging and expanding the reach of global observing networks into the Arctic
      • Redefining the Essential Arctic Variables described in the ROADS process proposal as Shared Arctic Variables
      • Moving forward with diverse expert panels to further define these Shared/Essential Arctic Variables 
      • Emphasizing Indigenous engagement and community-driven research
      • Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on rural Arctic communities and adjusting Arctic research practices accordingly
      • Understanding and addressing technical data needs
      • Adopt important data best products and standards
      • Implementing Shared/Essential Arctic Variables at a regional scale.
      • Overall, Early Career Researchers (ECRs) found that the efforts of the meeting organizers to be inclusive were successful. Particularly, the ASSW/AOS Code of Conduct was seen as an important step. The online format posed some difficulties, but ECRs also appreciated the flexibility.
  • Performance Elements: 9.1.1, 9.1.2
  • Relevant Links:
  • What’s Next: Next 5-Year Arctic Research Plan Listening Session (June 3 Arctic Observing Systems Sub-team Meeting)

Arctic Data Team April 30 Meeting (Agenda, Notes, Recording):

  • Topic: Update on recent Data Team engagements and future plans including scoping a data co-production workshop: Arctic Data Collaboration Sub-Team April 2020 Meeting
  • Presentations:
    • Emerging team theme on enhancing access and usability of Arctic data
      • Data access, data resources and requirements
      • Use-inspired science
      • Internal coordination of Arctic Data engagements
    • Update on recent Data Team engagements
      • Recap of Arctic Science Summit Week outcomes
      • NSF Arctic Data Center is hosting a Social Science Data Workshop
      • Overview of the Arctic Regional Hydrographic Organization
      • Committee on the Marine Transportation System
  • Highlights:
    • Future collaboration with the Arctic Data Center
    • Data Team will switch focus between practitioner based engagement and IARPC team based engagement
    • Enhanced engagement with other collaboration teams
  • Performance Elements: 9.4.1
  • Relevant Links:
  • What’s next: AIS Data - Arctic Data Collaboration Sub-Team May 2020 Meeting (May 28 Arctic Data Sub-Team Meeting) 

Modeling - Cancelled


Self-forming Team Meetings

Physical Oceanography Self-forming Team (Notes)

  • Topic: Physical Oceanography Self-forming Team (POST) Inaugural Meeting
  • Presentation: Introducing POST (slides)
    • What other organizations are you involved in and how do their goals overlap with, or complement IARPC’s POST?
    • What activities or accomplishments would make POST useful to you and your research?
    • What topics would you like to see covered?
  • Highlights: The POST inaugural meeting was met by much interest from the meeting participants and there were many suggestions of other organizations to include in the POST effort. Xujing commented that if POST team members can coordinate via IARPC POST platform to build collaboration, come out with good ideas for proposal development; that should be a valuable outcome despite the fact that there is no guarantee for the proposals’ success in secure funding.
  • Performance Elements:  3.1.7, 4.3.4, 4.3.6, 9.2.2, 9.1.1, 9.1.2
  • Relevant Links:
  • What’s next: TBA
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