Scope of activities

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The Arctic Data Sub-team (ADST), first created under Arctic Research Plan 2013-2017, will continue operations under Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021. As a Sub-team of the Environmental Intelligence Collaboration Team,  ADST's scope of activities will include implementation of Research Objectives and Performance Elements related to data under Research Goal 9. Learn more about the Enviromental Intelligence Collaboration Team here

Team leaders

Peter Pulsifer
University of Colorado (Website)

Marc Stieglitz
Arctic Natural Sciences, National Science Foundation

Performance elements from the Arctic research plan


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In FY2016, under Arctic Research Plan 2013-2017, the Arctic Data Collaboration Team advanced two primary themes: 1) identifying the data and cyberinfrastructure requirements of IARPC agencies and other national and international stakeholders; 2) facilitating connection between and among resources that can meet identified requirements. The group served as a venue for information sharing across agencies and projects.

Team chairs and members identified key “communities of practice” that require data and cyberinfrastructure that extends beyond a single discipline or observing domain (e.g. atmospheric science, coastal observations). Following an active role in the Second Polar Data Forum in late 2015, the Team organized meetings focused on the identification of requirements, starting with a webinar on Alaskan Inuit Food Security (18 February). This meeting revealed the complexity of requirements ranging from physical science to social science to economic data and observation methods. The need for better networking between actors (communities, agencies, funders etc.) was highlighted.  

Other Team meetings highlighted existing resources and gaps in different domains. For example, on 15 September the Wildfires team presented to the ADCT on existing resources and gaps in cyberinfrastructure for their field. The range of different requirements needed to serve operational (response), forecasting and modeling, and fundamental science was highlighted. The result of this and other meetings are being used as the basis for the development of a cross-agency strategy and action plan that will greatly enhance our ability to effectively and efficiently share existing data (including adoption of standards) and work towards identifying and filling significant gaps. This strategy and plan will include strong connections to international resources and activities. 

To this end, the ADCT has been very active on the international stage. Highlights include follow up on the Second Polar Data Forum starting with the organization and hosting of a “Town Hall” meeting on data during the Arctic Science Summit Week held in Fairbanks (March 2016). Through a Team lead, there are strong connections with various international initiatives, most notably the IASC-SAON Arctic Data Committee and the Group on Earth Observations’ (GEO) Cold Region Initiative. IARPC, including ADCT and AOSCT, is co-convening the Polar Connections Interoperability Workshop and Assessment Process. This workshop will make a significant contribution to establishing the status of polar data interoperability and standards requirements both nationally and globally. Specifically, resources have been established to use the workshop to promote the work of U.S.-based initiatives at an international level. Such initiatives include the Alaska Data Integration Working Group, the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic, the Antarctic and Arctic Data Consortium. 

Priorities for 2017

The priority for 2017 will be to complete the aforementioned strategy and action plan under several elements of the Environmental Intelligence (EI) Goal of Arctic Research Plan 2017-2021. This will include establishing a clear understanding of the domestic and international data system to assist with establishing strategic priorities and better utilizing existing resources.  

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