9.5 Advance research, tools and strategies to improve the accessibility and usability of Arctic science for decision support.

It is well accepted that effective knowledge exchange for decision support occurs through sustained activities between researchers and decision makers where key issues and indicators can be jointly identified and analyzed, ideally from the time of project inception. This collaboration supports a co-production of new knowledge that is clearly relevant and easily accessible for stakeholders. The efforts described in this Research Objective support and influence practices within the other Research Objectives of Environmental Intelligence. Many Federally funded organizations listed in the introduction include sponsorships to convene regional forums and conduct research to advance dialog, identify decision needs, and support relevant knowledge development. These activities draw together research communities, operators and other stakeholders to support decision-making around issue-specific foci (e.g., ocean acidification, integrated water level observations, emergency response) or geographic areas (e.g., western Alaska, North Slope). The interagency platform can serve to share best practices and enhance coordination of existing capabilities.

Performance elements from the Arctic research plan

  • 9.5.1 Advance coordination among Federally-funded research programs that provide decision support to Arctic stakeholders.
  • 9.5.2 Advance policy-relevant science communication through efforts like the annual Arctic Report Card, the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS), and the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH).

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