The Arctic Observing Summit 2013 (AOS 2013) is the first in a planned series of high-level, biennial international observing summits. The AOS is led by the International Study of Arctic Change (ISAC). As a task of the Sustaining Arctic Observing Networks (SAON), led by the Arctic Council and IASC, it is part of the broader SAON implementation process. The AOS provides a platform to address the needs of arctic and fosters international communication and coordination of long-term observations for improving understanding and responding to system-scale arctic change.

The AOS 2013 will be held on 30 April – 2 May 2013 at the Hyatt Regency, Vancouver, Canada. The key outcome of the AOS will be an assessment of the fit between stakeholder-needs, science objectives and observing networks and a variety of products to improve this. The foundation for the AOS is community input. To capture and integrate input from a broad range of participants the AOS includes preparation, in advance, of community white papers, which are available for public comment. This is a reminder that the deadline for the submission of white papers is on 28 February 2013. Additionally, the call for poster presentations is now open. The deadline for poster submission is 8 April 2013. Additionally, an online survey has been created for wide input.

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