On 9 December 2018, members of the Arctic Observing Summit (AOS) – Working Group on Implementation and Optimization (AOSWIO) met in person before the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in Washington, DC to continue work on items identified in the AOS Call to Action.
The specific purpose of the meeting was to gather input for a draft two-year Task Team Scope of Work, which would identify how to formalize AOS items under the Sustaining Arctic Observing Network - Committee on Networks (SAON-CON) while supporting objectives.
This effort was further motivated by the outcomes of the 2nd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM2), where Ministers and national delegations encouraged SAON to “move from planning to implementation.”
At the end of the working meeting, the group recommends to, over the next two years:
- Develop a definition for the SAON Roadmap that will serve to generate strong international investments in Arctic observing and promote synergies and interoperability amongst observing efforts
- Define how Arctic Societal Benefit Areas or other objectives should be used to shape the Roadmap
- Identify a family of scientific foci with high maturity and relevance to demonstrate the utility of the Roadmap for planning, coordination and engagement
- Assemble and align the relevant existing inventories and efforts under these foci
The open meeting was supported through the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC). More than 20 attendees from five countries contributed.