Synergizing Interagency and International Arctic Research: The IASC-IARPC Meeting Report
February 19, 2016
By Jessica Rohde
The U.S. representatives to and Team Leaders met last December to develop synergies between the working groups and collaboration teams. Larry Hinzman, U.S. representative to , opened the meeting with a broad overview of the International Arctic Science Committee. For 25 years, has maintained a forum for international dialogue about research in the Arctic, and now includes 23 member nations. Larry urged the and meeting attendees to form a synergistic relationship: serving as the international arm for , and representing U.S. federal research interests in the Arctic to the international science community.
Simon Stephenson, former Executive Director of , then reviewed the 5-year Plan Update process that several meeting attendees had been focused on for the previous day and a half during the workshop. seeks to broaden participation and include many views as while developing the next 5-year plan. Simon also stressed that has brought an international perspective to , but there exists opportunity to strengthen collaboration. There will be several opportunities for international input on the next 5-year plan (e.g. the federal register process). Simon invited the representatives to suggest new methods and models for developing and integrated plan as re-envisions collaboration.
Systematic Improvements to Reanalyses in The Arctic () -- Charles Webb
Both the Collaboration Teams and the Arctic Executive Steering Committee (AESC) gap analysis have highlighted the urgency of improved forecasts: Reanalyses merge observations and physics through models to describe past weather and climate. Charles Webb covered the need for ’s new working group, Systematic Improvements to Reanalyses in The Arctic (), the actions it recommends and tasks it will take on.
Cryosphere Working Group Presentation -- Walt Meier
Walt Meier reported on the Forum on Arctic Modeling and Observational Synthesis () 4th Meeting in Hyannis, MA, 3-6 November 2015, whose main purpose was to coordinate Arctic Ocean modeling experiments nationally and internationally. Walt also introduced the Cross-Cutting Snow Project, which aims to facilitate a network to enhance interactions between researchers on snow related questions in the Arctic.
Terrestrial Working Group Presentation -- Skip Walker
Skip Walker updated the group on Rapid Arctic Transitions due to Infrastructure and Climate (), a cross-cutting initiative between Terrestrial, Cryosphere, and Social & Human Working Groups. This forum develops best practices for assessing and managing the cumulative effects of climate change on infrastructure, including flooding, erosion, and thermokarst.
Social and Human Sciences Working Group Presentation -- Andrey Petrov
Andrey Petrov summarized Social and Human Sciences Working Group sponsored and supported activities in 2015, including III contributions, the workshop on the future of Arctic sustainability science, Arctic Human Development Report II, Arctic Social Indicators Report II, as well as various meetings and conferences. Andrey also highlighted the activities of the Circumpolar Arctic Coastal Communities Observatory Network (CACCON) research network.
Mike Kuperberg, interim Executive Director of , concluded the meeting with a call to continue the current forum and exchange of information between and members. He pointed out that all the members present are also members, and invited to solicit input from to take to working group and international meetings, and for to incorporate the input of into the work of the Collaboration Teams.