9.4 Enhance discoverability, understanding, and interoperability of Arctic data and tools across Federal data centers.

Many IARPC agencies invest in data stewardship and sponsor cyberinfrastructure projects toward improved tools and tool kits for data discovery, access, visualization, fusion, collaboration, and more. These centers, projects, and tools are a cornerstone of research advancement and decision support, yet there is significant progress needed to identify and link key assets, particularly across disciplinary boundaries, starting at project inception. IARPC Collaborations can serve as an on-going forum for encouraging data sharing and accessibility regionally, nationally and through serving as a hub for international coordination. International efforts are underway to advance models that describe existing capabilities and how they relate to one another, for example the “Mapping the Arctic Data Ecosystem” project coordinated by the International Arctic Science Committee-SAON (IASC-SAON) Arctic Data Committee in collaboration with EU—PolarNet, Group on Earth Observations (GEO), Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), Pan-Arctic Options Project, Fram Centre (Norway), and others. In addition to tools for mapping capabilities, agencies would benefit from a shared vision for how data centers and tools could move toward greater interoperability. Such interoperability will enhance decision support and situational awareness efforts such as the Climate Resilience Toolkit (CRT), the Arctic Environmental Response Management Application (ERMA), the Arctic Collaborative Environment (ACE), and the ADAC’s Arctic Information Fusion Capability. These activities are inherently tied to and benefit from the activities coordinated under Research Objective 9.5.

Performance elements from the Arctic research plan

  • 9.4.1 Advance system models of U.S. observing inventories and data centers to further understanding of these capacities so that informed, optimal, strategic decisions and design, and spending plans can be made.
  • 9.4.2 Promote a nationally and internationally interoperable Arctic data sharing system that will facilitate data discovery, access, usage in many contexts, and long-term preservation, building off the efforts of NSF’s Arctic Data Center, the AOOS Regional Data Assembly Center and the Alaska Data Integration Working Group (ADIWG).
  • 9.4.3 Enhance the timely availability, diversity of content, and inclusion of international contributions to the Arctic data sets and resilience tools within the Arctic Theme for the Climate Data Initiative (CDI) and CRT.
  • 9.4.4 Advance agile situational awareness and decision support for Arctic operators through efforts like ADAC's Arctic Information Fusion Capability28, ERMA, and NASA ACE project.
  • 9.4.5 Update baseline mapping and charting across the Arctic, including additional charting in Arctic waters, updates to baseline topographic mapping and supporting data, and updating high resolution imagery-derived elevation data repeated coverage. Multiagency partners include Alaska Mapping Executive Committee, Alaska Geospatial Council, and Arctic-related LCCs.

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